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he belief that some books are dangerous has a pedi- 
gree dating back at least to Plato, who maintained 
that published works 1) destroyed the reader's capac- 
ity for memorization; 2) made a burlesque of teaching by 
saying "the very same thing forever"; and 3) led perusers to 
"imagine that they have come to possess knowledge but actu- 
ally possess opinions" — all concerns that have proven to be 

Those who have since taken up the view that books are 
not always an adornment on society held rather narrower 
objections, mostly relating to particular authors, volumes, 
or themes. And while kings and censors surely did their 
part in retarding the propagation of some printed matter, 
religious agencies proved champions at the business; and 
none, of course, was better at it than the Catholic Church, 
which — beginning shortly after the Council of Trent dis- 
banded in 1563, and concluding shortly before the National 
Organization for Women convened in 1966 — developed, 
refined, and promulgated the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 
over time enjoining the faithful from partaking of thousands 
of books whose contents were considered a threat to faith 
and morals. So respected were the Church's skills, that in the 
early 1 3th century, a group of French rabbis who believed 
that Maimonides's Guide of the Perplexed was too apprecia- 
tive of Aristotelian thought, but who had themselves never 
set flame to anything more exotic than a lamp wick, enlisted 
aid from the Dominicans — known, the rabbis flatteringly put 
forth in their entreaty, "for burning your heretics" — and the 
friars obligingly condemned, collected, and burned the Guide 
in 1233. 

The Index, while best known for reproving books by 
Western civilization's all stars (Bacon, Spinoza, Milton, 
Pascal, Locke, Montaigne, Voltaire, Gibbon, Kant, Descartes, 
Hume, and Copernicus for starters), was in fact far less con- 
cerned with philosophy or planetary movement than with 
dodgy Christian theology. While some Catholics may indeed 
have been pained by the necessity of choosing between 
virtue and Madame Bovary, few could have felt themselves 
injured because forbidden the heterodox musings of Konrad 
Schlusselburg, (1543-1619), Johannes Hoornbeeck (1617- 
66), or Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy ( 1 793-1 887). 
By the late 1 9th century, in the democratic West, respon- 
sibility for waging war against dangerous books had been 
assumed by governments, few of which had any interest in 
suppressing heresy (unless it could be politically useful), but 

who demonstrated strong aversion to books that advanced 
sedition or that led youth to sin. In the United States, 
and particularly in cities in which Anglo-Saxon populations 
were losing ground, literally, to former residents of Dublin, 
Salerno, or Kiev, the fear of rampant degeneracy led to the 
rise of guardians of virtue who organized under vivid corpo- 
rate titles such as the New York Society for the Suppression 
of Vice and the New England Watch and Ward — the for- 
mer led by the plump, mutton-chopped, and thunderously 
obtuse racist Anthony Comstock, and the latter responsible 
for "banned in Boston" as a brand that for more than four 
decades was as helpful to the sale of books and theater tickets 
as a rave review. 

Heavy with local power hitters (e.g., industrialists in 
New York, WASP clerics in Massachusetts), these organiza- 
tions held political and cultural sway into the early 1920s, 
with some historians crediting the Comstock crew with the 
destruction of more than 160 tons of books, and Comstock 
boasting, with his customary sensitivity, that he'd driven 15 
authors or publishers to suicide. But the "clean book" efforts 
pretty much collapsed by 1929, after publishers, librarians, 
authors, and newspapers succeeded in together defeating 
a succession of proposed New York State laws that would 
have made books vulnerable to obscenity charges based on a 
single sentence, and without regard for any other words the 
book contained. 

While it's widely believed that James Joyce's Ulysses finally 
brought down the Comstockians, the truth is that the honor 
fell to The Well of Loneliness, a British novel in which a les- 
bian found middle-class happiness living with a female lover. 
(Its most eyebrow-raising sentence was the demure "That 
night they were not divided.") When in April 1929, a New 
York State appeals court dismissed the obscenity charges, 
the book became a best-seller, and was republished in an 
autographed "Victory Edition" that retailed for an astonish- 
ing $25 per copy. The commercial lesson was not lost on 
the Comstockians, some of whom later voiced regret that 
they'd allowed the publisher to bait them into the suit. (The 
Watch and Ward Society, while similarly baited, had sagely 
declined to find the book objectionable.) Nor was the lesson 
lost on publishers. When, in 1933, Ulysses was similarly freed, 
Bennett Cerf, the young president of Random House, had his 
typesetters on standby at the other end of a phone line. 

Our story on the latest adventures of Ulysses begins on 

page 30. — BEN BIRNBAUM 



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From "Urban Legend 



Jane Jacobs distrusted academics about as 
much as city planners. When invited to leave 
her papers to Boston College, however, she 
warmly agreed 
By William Bole 


Each summer the Boston College 
Intersections program sends a dozen faculty 
and staff on a week-long 'immersion trip' 
to Nicaragua. To what end? The author, an 
English professor, offers this account 
By Elizabeth Graver 


Guided by Professor Joseph Nugent, 
successive classes of students are building 
a potentially never ending, virtual tour 
of Joyce's Dublin 
By Matthew Battles 

on the cover: Grafton Street, Dublin, early 20th century 
and early 21st. Photo montage courtesy Joseph Nugent 


VOL.70 NO. 4 FALL 20IO 

2 Letters 

4 Linden 


Campus digest • Tales 
from the Dustbowl 
6 Soumia Aitelhaj '10 
rescues a poetry of 
Morocco • Green acres 
© Nights on the Heights 
has plans for the evening 
9 EN 552 — London in 
the novel 



In Los Angeles, a face- 
off after Vatican II • 
Economics and theology— 
an interfaith conversation 

41 End 


The Shanghai fortune 
tellers' manifesto ° 
Riddle • For the con- 
noisseur who says, 'My 
kid could have painted 
that' & From The Diary 
of Antera Duke 

46 Glass 

76 Inquiring 

Amy Hutton finds 

patterns in corporate 

77 Works 
& Days 

Ultimate fighter 
Kenny Florian '99 









"Site-seeing," a video virtual tour of the future 
Stokes Hall; also, a view of the construction zone 
from the live webcam atop Carney Hall (pg. 6) • 
"The Amazigh Poetry Project," a video trailer featur- 
ing Soumia Aitelhaj '10 and her grandmother (pg. 8) 
• "Join Us!", the recruitment film of the Screaming 
Eagles Marching Band (pg. 9) • "Into the Woods," an 
interactive map of trees on the Chestnut Hill Campus 
(pg. 10) • "eTeaching Day 2010," a video introduc- 
tion to Walking Ulysses; also, the Walking Ulysses 
website (pg. 30) • "Profits and Prophets," video of 
the full panel discussion, in which theology takes up 
economics (pg. 38) • reader's list: Books by alumni, 
faculty, and staff • headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Ake 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 


Maureen Dezell 

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Professor Jonathan Laurence did an excep- 
tional job in analyzing demographic and 
integration issues pertaining to Muslims 
in Europe within the next 20 years ("In 
the Year 2030," Summer 2010). As an 
international human rights lawyer who 
has worked extensively with European 
governments and non-governmental orga- 
nizations dealing with Muslim integration 
issues, it was quite heartening to see that 
he did not paint Islam or Muslims as a 
monolithic entity within Europe — either 
now or in the year 2030. 

Just as we American Muslims are 
culturally distinct and have faced many 
integration struggles living in post-9/ 1 1 
America, European Muslims have faced 
integration struggles in the aftermath of 
watershed events such as the Madrid train 
attacks in 2004, the London Underground 
bombings in 2005, and even the 2005 
Danish cartoon controversy. As right- 
wing politicians have stoked anti-Muslim 
fears in the United States, we have seen 
the rise of ultra-nationalist (and anti- 
immigrant) right-wing parties across 
Europe calling for the banning of Muslim 
women's headscarves and — in "neutral" 
Switzerland last November — the banning 
of mosque minarets. 

Although the Swiss government was 
officially "against" the proposed referen- 
dum to ban minarets within its borders, 
many political observers noted that this 
referendum — the work of the right-wing 
Swiss People's Party — was welcomed by 
leaders of other radical right-wing groups 
in Europe, including Heinz-Christian 
Strache of the Austrian Freedom Party 
and Marine Le Pen, vice president of 
France's National Front. 

Yet, future generations of European 
Muslims will call France, Germany, 
Holland, Italy, and all the other members 
of the European Union their home. Like 
their Christian, Jewish, and secular neigh- 
bors, they will have to endure the growing 
pains of integration before they are fully 
accepted as both proudly European and 

proudly Muslim in the year 2030 and 

Arsalan Iftikhar 

Washington, D.C. 

Boston College's director of bands 
Sebastian Bonaiuto and his team are to be 
commended for the Mary Lou Williams 
Centennial Concert on May 9 ("Upbeat," 
by Jane Whitehead, Summer 2010). 

I grew up singing and playing trom- 
bone in school and with my father in week- 
end dance bands in Minnesota. At Boston 
College, I was an English and music 
double-major active in theater. Although 
the music department was fairly new then, 
I was attracted to the caliber of faculty and 
the individual attention given to students. 
The BC Bands program had already begun 
its steady growth, and I was happy to dis- 
cover a very high level of musicianship, 
commitment, and camaraderie in BC bOp! 

Having been back to campus many 
times over the years, I have seen how bOp! 
has grown in sophistication and adven- 
turous programming. For the students 
involved, it's not an extracurricular club — 
it's a serious (and enjoyable) undertaking 
that's a key component of their academic 
experience and growth as young adults. 
There are few things more demanding 
and collaborative than playing music in an 

Although I play only infrequently 
now, I've pursued a career as a composer, 
orchestrator, conductor, and producer in 
music and theater in New York City. My 
musical experience at BC was the strong 
foundation of everything I've done since. 

Sean Patrick Flahaven '95 

New York, New York 


As someone with Catholic and Jewish fam- 
ily members on both sides, I found Bishop 
Richard J. Sklba's article "Know Each 
Other" (Summer 2010) very refreshing — 
and his emphasis on healthy argumentation 
reassuring. Sklba's thoughtful approach 



allows the traditions to get to "know each 
other" better while remaining true to 
their identities. His assessment of Jewish- 
Christian relations since Vatican II offers a 
fresh challenge for, as he calls it, "interre- 
ligious maturity." A hallmark of this matu- 
rity, he notes, will be when partners in dia- 
logue are careful not to misunderstand one 
another. Bishop Sklba brilliantly outlines 
the subtleties and developments of the last 
40 years of Jewish-Christian relations. 

Jenni Login '07,MA'08 

Whiting, New Jersey 

Christians and Jews have profound differ- 
ences, among which are beliefs that form 
the core of individual identity. To be able 
to talk, we need to grow beyond the limita- 
tions that these differences impose, with- 
out losing ourselves as we change. 

Only then can we engage in building a 
better world through effective encounters 
at the table of conciliation. I commend 
Bishop Sklba for his labor and am hum- 
bled by his courage to carry it on. 

Carlos A Jaramillo IV '05 

Madison, Wisconsin 

Bishop Richard Sklba's exhortation to 
"know each other" reminds us that the reli- 
gious other is not a category, or a group, 
but a person. Interreligious dialogue is one 
place where Church teachings about the 
dignity of the person are put into practice. 
Indeed, understanding and appreciating 
the religious traditions of others is essen- 
tial to respecting their dignity. 

Joseph Mudd, Ph.D.' 10 

Spokane, Washington 

The writer is an instructor in religious studies 
at Gonzaga University. 


Re "Scalawag Days," by Jim Cotter '59 
with Paul Kenney (Summer 2010): It was 
the summer of 1957 — and my first foot- 
ball practice at Boston College. I was a 
1 7 -year-old freshman from Huntington, 
New York, and very nervous. After warm- 
ups led by Coach St. Pierre, whom the 
veterans called Zeus because of his phy- 
sique and demeanor, Coach Holovak had 
us break off in groups for our first contact. 
No one spoke to or acknowledged me. I 
was a bit intimidated. The player in front 

of me, with whom I was to compete for 
the starting end position, turned to me 
and said, "Hi, I'm Jim Cotter. You'll like it 
here." Immediately, I felt comfortable and 
part of BC football. I'll never forget Jim's 

Larry Eisenhauer '61 

Cohasset, Massachusetts 

The writer played defensive end for the 
Boston Patriots from 1961 to 1969. 

In the summer before my senior year at 
Boston College High School, I decided my 
last hope of earning a varsity letter was 
football. As a sophomore, I was on course 
in hockey but broke my ankle. As a junior, 
I'd tried out for baseball but was cut. 

I knew Coach Cotter because I had 
been the sports editor of the student 
newspaper, the Eaglet. When I told him I 
wanted to try out for football at five feet 
nine inches, 145 pounds, he was painfully 
honest. If it came down to an underclass- 
man and me, he said, he would have to go 
with the future. And he did pick a sopho- 
more, cutting me on the last day. 

That afternoon the sophomore broke 
his leg in a scrimmage. Coach Cotter 
immediately gave me the spot. There were 
other sophomores from whom to choose, 
but he kept his word when it came down 
to just the two of us. 

This was the beginning of a lifelong 

Jim Scannell '69, MA '80 

Honeoye Falls, New York 

The writer was director of Admissions at 
Boston College from 1974 to 1980. 

I guess you could say I knew Jim Cotter 
in many different ways. I met him in the 
summer of 1957 — we worked together 
on the construction crew for the company 
that was building Alumni Stadium. In 
September of the same year we played in 
the first game there against a great Navy 
team. Many years later, in 1993, Jim 
helped me get the job as athletic director 
at BC High. He was always a great friend 
and consummate teammate. One would be 
hard pressed to find a better person than 
Jim Cotter. 

Jim O'Brien '60,P'88 

Charlestown, Massachusetts 

As Jim Cotter's body relentlessly betrayed 
him in the last four years, his humanity, 
which was always there, seemed to grow 
larger. You can say that ALS is a cruel 
disease, and it is. But it allowed Jim to 
experience the love and compassion that 
so many of us had for him, and us to thank 
him for what he had given us each. How 
many people ever get to experience that? 
This was God's final gift to Jim on earth. 

Frank Foley 

Woburn, Massachusetts 

I waited in line for hours to pay my 
respects at the wake of Jim Cotter, my 
football teammate at Boston College High 
School and Boston College and my life- 
long friend. Waiting with me were high 
school and college students, parents of 
students, politicians, clergymen, teachers, 
classmates, and friends. We numbered 
well over a thousand. Forty BC High 
football captains were in the funeral pos- 
session the next day. I have never been to 
a wake or funeral like this before, where 
one man in his lifetime won the respect 
and admiration of an entire community. 
Along with his strong character and faith, 
Jim used his teaching, coaching, and coun- 
seling skills to help all of us become better 
human beings. May he rest in peace. 

Frank Furey '56 

Winchester, Massachusetts 


Thomas Groome makes a telling point 
about the difference between the old 
and new liturgies, in "Recycling" (Spring 
2010). In the old rite, he says, the priest 
faces "an imposing altar, whispering in 
Latin." Now, the priest "greets congregants 
across a table with a cheery 'good morning' 
and an invitation to worship together." 
With mystery and reverence expunged, 
how can we be surprised that the number 
of us who believe in the Real Presence has 
plummeted over the last 50 years and that 
Mass attendance has suffered significantly? 

Tom Lloyd, Ph.D. '96 

Front Royal, Virginia 

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6 Land use 

Tales from the Dustbowl 

8 Village voices 

Soumia Aitelhaj '10 rescues 
a poetry of Morocco 

10 Close-up 

Green acres 

11 After hours 

Nights on the Heights has 
plans for the evening 

12 Assigned reading 

EN 552 — London in the 







Thirty percent of the textbooks stocked 
by the Boston College Bookstore this 

semester were available for rent at half the 
price of a purchased volume. \V Daniel 
}. Lasker, an Israeli scholar of Christian 
and Jewish polemics of the Middle Ages, 
assumed the Corcoran Visiting Chair at 
the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, 
while the Carroll School's Alan Marcus 
was appointed to the inaugural Mario 
Gabelli Chair in finance. W What had 
been the department of geology and geo- 
physics has become the department of 
earth and environmental sciences, 
bringing designation into alignment 
with research focus. )K Valiant, a yel- 
low Labrador retriever being trained as 
a seeing-eye dog by Brittany Baker '11, 
became the first canine ever to occupy 
a Mod with the full knowledge and 
consent of Boston College officials. In 
other Mods news, a student was stabbed 
though not seriously injured during an 
altercation early on a September morning. 
Five non-students have been arrested in 
conjunction with the assault, and police 
patrols of the area were increased. \V A 
survey by Health Services concluded that 
no more than 10 percent of undergradu- 
ates smoke cigarettes. ^ In response 
to perennial calls for the reinstitution of 
Midnight Madness to herald the basketball 
season, UGBC and the athletics depart- 
ment announced Ice Jam for October 
26, a hockey and basketball pep rally in 
Conte Forum emceed by broadcaster Bob 

Costas; while the department noted, in 
its annual report, that the football, men's 
and women's basketball and soccer, and 
men'* hockey teams produced a combined 
record of 1,008-510-73 during the decade 
of the Oughts, as against the collective 
nineties record of 722-664-68. f Papers 
were filed with Boston by a developer who 
hopes to replace the defunct Cleveland 
Circle Cinema with a 150-room hotel and 
retail complex. "\V Taking a traditionalist 
stance, the Heights continues to publish its 
longstanding interview column "Voices 
from the Dustbowl," although the area 
is fenced off during construction of Stokes 
Hall [see page 6J; early in October, two 
of the three students queried declared the 
Honey Q Wrap their favorite "dining hall 
meal." >fc The entering Class of 2014 
included 714 AHANA students — a record 
30 percent — and also set a new high aver- 
age for class SAT scores. Unrelated to 
either phenomenon, South Dakota is the 
only state not represented in the class. 
)0( Over the course of a day, thousands 
of students stood in a queue that at its 
height ran from the Robsham Theater to 
Campanella Way and then east through 
the Mods parking lot — all in aid of secur- 
ing tickets to an act called Kid Cudi. 
UGBC, sponsor of Mr. Cudi's appearance 
in Conte Forum, is said to be consider- 
ing a switch to online ticket distribution. 
)tf( The Law School and Tufts University 
began to offer a dual degree in law and 
environmental policy. ^ President Leahy 





law review — Students, faculty, and local and national media packed Robsham Theater on October 25 to hear a discussion of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by (from left) U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts), chair of the House Committee on Fi- 
nancial Services; Shelia Bair, chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and Paul Volcker, head of the president's Economic Recovery Advisory 
Board. The event was sponsored by the Carroll School of Management and moderated by finance professor Clifford Holderness (far right). 

appointed a steering committee that will 
plan Boston College's 150th anniversary 
commemoration, which will begin in the 
fall of 20 1 2 and conclude with the 20 1 3 
alumni reunion. \V The Digest quarterly 
Rankings Roundup: 31st in the nation 
in U.S. News, up from 34th place; 161st 
(of some 9,000) in the inaugural London 
Times World University rankings; and 
27th on the Forbes list of America's Best 
Colleges. $ As he promised he would, 
Mark Herzlich '10, a standout football 
player diagnosed with bone cancer in 
the spring of 2009, returned to play this 
season. He led the team onto the field on 
opening day. )K Four books have been 
added to the "Dean's List" of recom- 
mended reading prepared annually by 
former A&S dean William Neenan, Sf, for 
the last 28 years. The additions are Have 
a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom; Half Broke 

Horses, by Jeannette Walls; The Jesuit Guide 
to (Almost) Everything, by James Martin, 
SJ; and Say You're One of Them, a story 
collection by the Nigerian Jesuit Uwem 
Akpan. Neenan's accompanying essay 
notes — whether with pride or chagrin is 
not clear — that the last named was the first 
entry on the list also to have been recom- 
mended by Oprah. ^ The Blue Heron 
Renaissance Choir, a Boston-based early 
music group, began a one-year residency. 
)fr, Zak Jason T 1 , a Heights writer who 
apparently recently came of age, began 
a semester-long project of examin- 
ing Boston's bars with a visit to Mary 
Ann's, from which he emerged noting, "I 
don't loathe Mary Ann's that much." )K 
Reflecting the University's "soft freeze" 
on hiring, this year's employee directory 
weighed in at 151 pages, compared with 
153 last year, the first such shrinkage in 

the Digest's memory. W According to 
research by the Sloan Center on Aging, 
accounting, Internet security, and nurs- 
ing are among the professions most open 
to applications by job seekers over 
40. Personal charitable giving, accord- 
ing to research by the Center on Wealth 
and Philanthropy, dropped 4.9 percent 
in 2009. ^ Patricia Wetzel-O'Neill, 
former superintendent of schools for the 
Washington, D.C., archdiocese, assumed 
the directorship of the Roche Center 
for Catholic Education. "\V The City 
of Newton installed parking meters on 
the north side of Beacon Street, and the 
Bookstore installed fitting rooms as part 
of a summer renovation, putting an end to 
the long tradition by which patrons left a 
driver's license with a salesclerk while they 
tried on sweatpants in one of McElroy's 
restrooms. — Ben Birnbaum 

photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

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The view from Lyons Hall, September 29, 2010 (top), and October 29, 2010 (bottom) 

Land use 

By Seth Meehan 
Tales from the Dustbowl 

On October 4, barrier fences went 
up and trees came down on the 
Dustbowl, that swath of Middle Campus 
green framed by McElroy Commons, 
Fulton and Lyons halls, and a (now 

defunct) parking lot. The changes are to 
make room for Stokes Hall, a winged, 
four-story, 36-classroom academic build- 
ing scheduled to open in the fall of 20 1 2. 
No one knows exactly why or when 

the Dustbowl acquired its name — it was 
part of the roughly 31 -acre parcel of the 
Lawrence Farm purchased in 1907, and 
the site is believed to have been a piggery. 
What is known is that for 103 years it 
has been the University's private back- 
yard, a place for barbecues and music, for 
protests, ceremonies, and athletics, some 

A new green, to be framed by Stokes, 
Carney, McGuinn, and Fulton, will be 
smaller by about a third — roughly the size 
of a football field — and it too will acquire 
character from its surroundings. For now, 
let us recall what the old piece of land saw: 

• June 18, 1913: The first Chestnut 
Hill Commencement occurred at what 
was then called University Heights. The 
graduating class of 79 was the largest in 
the school's 50-year history. Graduating 
senior Francis Phelan won a $50 prize 
for his essay "Miracles and Prophecies as 
Evidences of Divine Revelation." 

• October 30, 1915: More than 3,000 
fans turned out at the site for the dedica- 
tion of Alumni Field to "the encourage- 
ment of manly sports." The field was cir- 
cled by a cinder track, which was lined by 
wooden stands with a capacity of 2,200, 
which quickly turned out to be inad- 
equate. Popular matchups (against, say, 
Holy Cross) were moved off campus — to 
Fenway Park, Braves Field, or Harvard 

• November 27, 1918: Major General 
Clarence Edwards, commander of the 
26th "Yankee" Division in World War I, 
Massachusetts Governor Samuel McCall, 
and Boston College President Charles 
Lyons, SJ, reviewed a parade of cadets 
from the Boston College Student Army 
Training Corps. The cadets marched by 
platoons and then, according to the Boston 
Globe, were sent around the field "in 
double quick time with their band." Some 
750 men comprised this corps — only a 
few of them Boston College students. 
Demobilization occurred December 13. 

• June 23, 1920: More than 3,000 
guests came to see a record 131 students 
graduate this Wednesday. Student speak- 
ers warned against "the oppressive fanati- 
cisms of the prohibitionists" and the "all- 
centralizing power at Washington." 

• May 10, 1924: The University hosted 
"Olympic Day," a fundraiser for U. S. 

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PHOTOGRAPHS:Lee Pellegrini 

Track and Field. Rain dampened atten- 
dance, and a dog's unexpected entrance 
in the 5,000-meter race complicated the 
process of determining the winner. 

• October 1,1932: The football field 
was rededicated after the stands were 
enlarged to seat 1 2,500. The following 
vear, another 4,000 seats were added 
before the Holv Cross game, which 
attracted 20,000 fans on December 2. 

• September 23, 1945: Cardinal 
Richard Cushing presided over a Catholic 
Youth Organization-sponsored Sunday 
Holv Hour service for 45,000 — the 
Boston Archdiocese's largest religious 
event to that date and likely the larg- 
est crowd then or since at the corner of 
Beacon Street and College Road. 

• September 24, 1955: Eight thou- 
sand fans attended the final football 
game at Alumni Field, a 27-0 rain-soaked 
Homecoming win against Brandeis. 

• June 13, 1956: The final Commence- 
ment at Alumni Field — the University's 
80th — took place that Wednesday. 
According to the Boston Herald, a crowd of 
1 2,000 gathered as 1,052 seniors and 259 
graduate students received degrees. The 
speaker, Senator John F. Kennedy, urged 
graduates to get involved in politics, using 
"your own cool judgment." 

• March 28, 1966: After a dinner of 
veal cutlet sandwiches with tomato sauce, 
students marched out of the McElroy 
dining facilities (constructed in 1961) in 
protest. ("Happiness is Your Supper," 
read one banner during four days of dem- 
onstrations.) Students and administrators 
agreed to changes that included a pay-as- 
you-go plan and a new catering service, 
which started the next month. 

• March 31,1 966: Tackling the 
Dustbowl's annual spring "quagmire," 
the University's director of facilities 
announced the planting of trees, shrubs, 
and new turf to create a "Park." 

• April 13, 1970: Students launched a 
protest of a planned $500 increase to the 
$2,000 tuition. On May 5, following the 
shootings at Kent State, they voted to end 
their tuition strike (agreeing that two stu- 
dents would serve as voting members of 
a new budget committee and that tuition 
would go up $240 in 1970-71) and joined 
a nationwide strike against the escala- 
tion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. 

University President W. Seavey Joyce, SJ, 
spoke in favor of this protest: "I share the 
outrage and alienation of young people at 
this pointless war." 

• March 28, 1984: "Awareness Day," 
billed as the first annual event to celebrate 
the University's past, offered students the 
chance to don cassocks and Roman collars 
and be photographed with a Polaroid cam- 
era as "Jesuit of the Year." 

• April 1 1, 1988: Festivities for the 
school's 125th anniversary kicked off 
with a barbecue on the Dustbowl, decked 
out for the occasion with a gazebo, park 
benches, a jazz band, and students in Civil 
War-era attire. To promote volunteerism, 
student groups set up recruiting tables — 
inspiring the first Student Activities Day, 
the following fall. 

• September 30, 1988: Hundreds of 
students protested a Boston licensing 
board's decision to prohibit kegs and cases 
of beer in college dormitories. Students 
invited a television reporter covering the 
rally to an illegal keg party, which aired on 
the Channel 7 news. One student organiz- 
er claimed the ordinance ignored the "14th 
Amendment, which states every citizen 
shall be given equal protection underneath 
the law." The law stood. 

• November 15, 1989: Some 40 
Boston College students joined 25 
homeless people in "Sleep-out on the 
Dustbowl," as part of national Hunger and 
Homeless Week. 

• April 20, 1993: In a report on the- 

annual Springfest, the Heights wrote: 
"Karaoke, free food, a band, and, of 
course, an air-filled rubber tent all help to 
evoke an inexplicable, but overwhelming 
desire in BC students to cut classes." 

• April 19, 2007: The first Jesuit 
Olympics were held, with teams made 
up of five students and one Jesuit apiece 
competing in pie eating, trivia, and relavs. 
Among the teams to date: "You Better 
Belize It" and "the Diocese of Fargo Pizza." 

• October 4, 2009: The first Boston 
College Quidditch tournament took place 
with 16 teams, including Hermione's 
Broomstick (the winner). 

• October 15, 2009: To commemorate 
the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's 
collapse, members of the fine arts depart- 
ment erected a 40-foot-long, 12-foot-high 
scale replica of a section. For almost a 
month, passing students added their graf- 
fiti to the edifice, as intended. 

• October 3, 2010: Late into the night, 
with construction fencing due to go up 

in less than 1 2 hours, a group of students 
on blankets kept vigil on the Dustbowl. 
A passing freshman contributed a fresh 
kernel of nostalgia. "I remember going to 
all the freshman barbecues," she said. "We 
had all our games out here." ■ 

Seth Meehan is a doctoral student in the 
history department. 

To see a video virtual tour of Stokes 
Hall go to Full Story, 


The 10th issue of Elements, the semiannual under- 
graduate research journal of Boston College, features 
a cover story by Kate Swofford '10 on the work of 
Belgian architect Victor Horta (1861-1947), detail- 
ing how four of his best-known buildings— for which 
he created "door-knobs, air vents, railings, stained 
glass, and cupboards" — embodied the Art Nouveau 

ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk, comprehensive artwork. Elsewhere in the issue, Megan 
Grandmont '10 offers a 5,000-word analysis of music's function as a social tool in 
Frances Burney's 19th-century novel Cecilia; and Vlad Ceorgescu '10, in Elements' 
first foreign language article, "Mentira y Honor: Los Temas del Teatro Espafiol en el 
Siglo de Oro," considers the hypocrisy of Spain's moral code during the country's 
15th-17th century Golden Age. To read past issues of the magazine online, visit —Thomas Cooper 



Aitelhaj, in O'Neill Library: A single poem "can go on for three or four hours. 

Village voices 

By Jane Whitehead 

Soumia Aitelhaj '10 rescues a poetry of Morocco 


^V oumia Aitelhaj '10 was born in 
h — ) Zawite Sidi Belal, a hillside farm- 
ing village of a thousand people in the 
southern part of Morocco's High Atlas 
Mountains. When she was around six 
years old, she moved with her parents and 
two older brothers to Ouarzazate, a city of 
some 60,000, where most of her relations 
still live. She was 1 1 when the family emi- 
grated in 1988 to the United States, living 
first in East Boston and then a nearby 
suburb. Now the 23-year-old Aitelhaj is 
returning to Morocco in an effort to pre- 
serve on film what she can of the vanish- 
ing Amazigh culture, in particular the oral 
poetry that distills thousands of years of 
tradition in stories and songs. 

Like all the villagers in Zawite Sidi 
Belal, Aitelhaj 's family were Imazighen 
(singular: Amazigh), an ancient, indig- 
enous people, commonly known in 
the West as Berbers. Imazighen today 
account for some 18 million of Morocco's 
population of 31 million. They speak 

a variety of related tongues, often col- 
lectively called Tamazight. The official 
language of Morocco, however, is Arabic, 
and Tamazight has been marginalized as 
young people leave their Imazighen villag- 
es (the population of Zawite Sidi Belal is 
now around 400) and are assimilated into 
the dominant Arab and French culture. 

The young leave seeking economic 
opportunity, as climate change and over- 
population have led to desertification of 
previously arable lands, and as pollution 
from mining waste has further devastated 
agriculture. The dwindling numbers of vil- 
lagers subsist on farming and carpet weav- 
ing, and most rely on aid from relatives in 
urban areas. 

When the younger Imazighen move 
away, a critical bond is broken between 
the generations: The village elders are 
passing, and with them goes a vast trove 
of myths and village tales, handed down 
through generations, celebrating the spiri- 
tual and practical aspects of a life close to 

nature. A single poem "can go on for three 
or four hours," says Aitelhaj, who loves 
the "rawness" of the poetry and the way it 
"transforms into song and dance." This is 
what Aitelhaj wants to preserve. 

Her effort to capture this legacy origi- 
nated in fall 2009 when she enrolled in 
the poetry workshop of adjunct lecturer 
and poet Kim Garcia. The poems Aitelhaj 
wrote in the workshop sprang from her 
Amazigh roots — childhood memories of 
her mother drawing water out of a well 
and baking bread in a fire pit, her ances- 
tors' hardships during French colonization 
in the 1800s, and the experience of young 
Imazighen forced to take Arabic names in 
school. (Aitelhaj herself had to abandon 
her mother tongue in elementary school 
in Ouarzazate.) Aitelhaj told Garcia that 
she planned to study law, political science, 
or international relations, with the aim 
of becoming an advocate for the rights of 
repressed indigenous groups. "I have to 
do something for my people," she said. In 
a meeting at the end of the semester, she 
mentioned to Garcia that her grandmoth- 
er, now in her eighties, is an Amazigh 
poet. Garcia wondered aloud if there was 
a way Aitelhaj might combine her desire 
for cultural advocacy with her poetic heri- 
tage, and the idea of recording Amazigh 
poets struck them both. 

Garcia introduced Aitelhaj to Alexia 
Prichard, a Boston-based filmmaker who 
had recently completed Soma Girls, a docu- 
mentary about the impoverished residents 
of a Kolkata (Calcutta) hostel. Prichard 
liked the idea, and the three began plan- 
ning "The Amazigh Poetry Project," a film 
that will capture the chanting and recita- 
tion of rural village poets and explore the 
status of the Imazighen and their culture in 
contemporary Moroccan society. 

In December 2009, Aitelhaj's grand- 
mother, Fatima Mourabit, came from 
Ouarzazate to visit her family in New 
England, and Aitelhaj, Garcia, and 
Prichard seized the chance to start filming. 
Their work can be seen in a tour-minute 
trailer for the project at www.closedloop- 

Prichard and Aitelhaj hope to travel 
to Morocco in the summer of 201 1 for 
two months of filming. To lay the ground- 
work for that expedition, Aitelhaj visited 
the High Atlas region this past summer. 


photograph: K.C Cohen 

With funding from the Boston College 
film studies department for video supplies 
and a scholarship from the Philanthropic 
Initiative, a Boston nonprofit that provides 
strategic guidance to philanthropists, she 
departed in late June, carrying introduc- 
tions from members of the Boston-area 
Amazigh community to their friends 
and relatives in Morocco. Her cousin 
Abdelmoghite Zouhair, a 20-vear-old 
student at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, 
traveled with her at the suggestion of 
her father, who was concerned about his 
daughter's safetv. "He's young, but tall," 
said Aitelhaj, who is not tall but is, says 
Garcia, "pure steel." 

The first phase of Aitelhaj's research 
took her to the large Atlantic coastal cities 
of Rabat, Agadir, and Casablanca, where 
she interviewed Amazigh intellectuals 
about Berber traditions, and then inland 
to Ouarzazate. One evening there, she was 
photographing a river on the outskirts 
of town with a 1 5-year-old cousin when 
a man appeared suddenly and grabbed 
the boy, put a knife to his neck, and 
told them not to make a sound. "I think 
I never actually knew that type of fear 
until that moment," says Aitelhaj. "Thank 
God he just took whatever he liked in 
the purse, including the camera, and 
went." Fortunately, the interviews with 
professors, poets, singers, and university 
students, and the music she'd recorded at 
a traditional wedding celebration, were 
stored elsewhere. 

Aitelhaj returned from the trip with a 
sense of Moroccans' continuing discrimi- 
nation against Imazighen, and awareness 
of a pro-Amazigh movement that is grow- 
ing among the young and educated. She 
experienced prejudice firsthand: When 
she spoke Tamazight in banks and shops, 
the usual response was, "Why can't you 
speak Arabic?" (Aitelhaj is fluent in Arabic 
as well as in English and French.) But she 
says she also had to overcome "outsider" 
status among the Amazigh. When she 
and her cousin traveled to her native vil- 
lage, she had to obtain permission from 
the elders for her work. "In my region, 
it's hard to find a word for poetry, so they 
have a hard time understanding what I 
want to do," says Aitelhaj. It took a couple 
of weeks sitting with the local women, 
drinking tea and watching them weave, 

before they would allow themselves to be 
photographed with her. One very elderly 
poet let her film a few minutes of chanting 
on a camera Aitelhaj borrowed from her 

Having thus prepared the ground, 
Aitelhaj is impatient to return to the High 
Atlas region and hopes to go back for a 
week in winter to do more preliminary 
recording. She and Prichard plan to visit 
10 Amazigh villages next summer accom- 
panied by a videographer, sound-recorder, 
and possibly a guide/bodvguard. In the 

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meantime, Aitelhaj has been applving for 
fellowships, internships, and grants to 
fund the next stage of filming. After her 
Moroccan summer, she has a much clearer 
sense of the flexibility and patience needed 
for this kind of work. "This is definitely for 
me a long-term project," she says. I 

Jane Whitehead is a Boston-based writer. 

View Aitelhaj's video trailer for "The 
Amazigh Poetry Project" at Full Story, 

The Screaming Eagles Marching Band this year welcomes 70 new members, 
bringing its ranks to 180. They are: 

Brass Players: 29 
Woodwind Players: 21 

Percussionists: 11 
Guard and Dancers: 9 

Percentage of new members who had not marched before: 48 
Rehearsal days during preseason band camp: 10 
Rehearsal hours during camp: 80 
Rehearsal hours during fall semester: 72 

Number of new members who are in the Honors Program: 11 
Number who are Presidential Scholars: 2 

State, outside of NE/NY/NJ, contributing the most new members: Texas, with 3 
Farthest home country for a freshman band member: Zambia 

View the Screaming Eagles' recruiting video at Full Story, 

Ian Kates '14 (mellophone) and Sabrina Caldwell '12 (baritone), August 25 in Alumni Stadium 

photograph: Justin Knight 

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Chestnut Hill Campus, with colors denoting species of trees 


The trees scattered across Boston Col- 
lege's landscape do not appear on the 
school's balance sheet, but the University 
would be poorer without them. Literally. 
The 4,615 specimens counted and mea- 
sured on the Chestnut Hill and Brighton 
campuses by student researchers during 
the summers of 2008 and 2009 reduce 
air-conditioning costs with their shade 
and lower heating costs by buffering 
winds, remove airborne pollutants, and 
prevent erosion. Furthermore, the trees 
take in and sequester carbon dioxide, 
thereby offsetting a portion of the Uni- 
versity's carbon emissions. By just how 
much won't be known until the inventory 
is completed (Chestnut Hill's 118 acres 
have been tallied; about 16 of the 49 
acres comprising the Brighton Campus 
remain uncharted). One hundred trees 
can capture 53 tons of carbon per year. 
Deirdre Manning, who served as the 
University's director of sustainability and 
energy management through last August, 

hired students to catalogue the trees in 
2008 as part of an effort to determine the 
University's net carbon footprint. After 
training with a local arborist in the basics 
of tree identification, the students went 
to work, using a clinometer (a $14 pro- 
tractor-like device that, combined with 
basic trigonometry, permits calculations 
of height) and a 100-foot tape measure 
for determining trunk diameter and cano- 
py width (measured from one edge of the 
drip line to its opposite)— figures that are 
needed for reckoning carbon capture. 

The image above is largely the work 
of Kevin Keegan '10, who says he signed 
on in 2008 as a "foot soldier" but became 
"fascinated by the trees and the technol- 
ogy"— including a software program that 
combines cartography with data man- 
agement. Because of the margin of error 
inherent in the Global Positioning Sys- 
tem, he and other student census takers 
(Emily Luksha '10, Natalie Raffol '10, 
Emily Pierce '10, Bassam Zahid '09, 

Jacqui Geaney '10, and Noel Schaff '10) 
utilized downloaded aerial photographs 
in which each pixel represents 45 centi- 
meters. Keegan managed the data and 
also changed his major, from chemistry 
to environmental geoscience. 

Highlighted on the map above are 
the 44 littleleaf lindens on Linden Lane 
(A); the tallest tree, a 100-foot oak 
across Campanella Way from Robsham 
Theater (B); and the lone giant sequoia 
(C), a 60-foot conifer on the grounds of 
Hovey House. Also evident is the abun- 
dance of Norway maples— for example, 
at (D)— an invasive species whose 834 
plants make it the most numerous on 
campus. Next most populous is the east- 
ern hemlock (E), a native evergreen. Its 
412 specimens — 10 percent of the cam- 
puses' trees— are languishing due to the 
hemlock woolly adelgid, an Asian pest 
that can defoliate and kill trees within 10 
years of infestation. —Thomas Cooper 

For an interactive map of the 
tree census, go to Full Story at 


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illustrated map: Kevin Keegan 

Roller skaters in O'Connell House, October 15 

After hours 

By Tim Czerwienski 

Nights on the Heights has plans for the evening 

On September 3, around a conference 
table in an airy first-floor room in 
the former cardinal's residence on the 
Brighton Campus, the nine women and 
five men who make up the Nights on the 
Heights board were tossing around pro- 
gram ideas for the coming academic year. 

"If it snows, we can do a snowman- 
making competition," said one student. 

"I ran a mechanical bull on Upper last 
year, and people loved it," said another. 

"We can rent a ferris wheel." 

"What about skydiving?" 

Nights on the Heights (NOTH) is a 
student-run initiative that organizes pro- 
gramming from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., 
Thursday through Saturday. Administered 
by the Student Programming Office since 
2008, it was started in 2005 to provide 
alcohol-free social opportunities for 
undergraduates. "One way we can change 
the campus environment," says Patrick 
Rombalski, vice president for student 
affairs, is to offer activities that are "attrac- 

tive compared to events with alcohol." It's 
"a responsibility," he says, that calls for 
"creativity, guessing 'right,' and patience." 
Last year, NOTH sponsored 154 events — 
from miniature golf to laser tag — all free of 
charge. Total attendance was 15,526. 

"People love free things they can bring 
home, and they love food," says Sharon 
Blumenstock of the Student Programming 
Office, by way of explaining many of the 
program's successes. Regular cupcake top- 
ping nights are popular, and T-shirt deco- 
rating last October 1 , the night before the 
Eagles' home football game against Notre 
Dame, attracted more than 100 students. 

Some NOTH activities have turned into 
minor traditions. The Thursday night trivia 
contest at Corcoran Commons routinely 
draws 50 to 75 participants in teams of up 
to six students, vying for the right answers 
to questions such as: "Libya is the only 
country in the world whose flag is a single 
solid color, one of the traditional colors of 
Islam. What color is it?" (Answer: Green.) 

On Friday and Saturday nights, 
O'Connell House is the scene of a chang- 
ing mix of events — including roller skating 
(more than 150 students rumbled and 
wobbled through the halls wearing loaner 
skates on October 1 5), basketball tourna- 
ments on nearby courts, and crafts (teddy 
bear-stuffing and knitting lessons, with 
needles, yarn, and patterns provided). 

The Chocolate Bar in McElroy Com- 
mons is open on Thursdays for scheduled 
and open-mike performances by student 
musicians and comedians as well as outside 
artists. Last March, NOTH and UGBC 
co-sponsored a concert by the mash-up 
artist Girl Talk that drew 1,400 students to 
the Plex. In April, a show with singer Ryan 
Cabrera filled Robsham Theater. 

NOTH plans to increase the number of 
on-campus events this year, and the group 
has added a new goal: off-campus pro- 
grams. Some ideas were proposed at the 
September 3 session — a trip to the New 
England Aquarium, ice-skating on Boston 
Common, bowling. So far, excursions 
have been planned to The Nutcracker at the 
Boston Opera House in December and a 
Bruins game in February. 

On October 28, Andrew Oddo T 1 , an 
officer in the all-student Music Guild, a 
sometime cosponsor with NOTH, was in 
the Chocolate Bar setting up for the first 
open mike night of the year. It was 8:30 
p.m. At a table, a young man typed on a 
laptop amid notepads and textbooks. Just 
before 9, more than 60 students appeared, 
jockeying for seats. Five acts were sched- 
uled, but as Oddo told the crowd, the 
night would run until "whenever the music 
stops." Unscheduled acts were invited 
to step up, and they did — a four-piece 
all-male band of sophomores called the 
American Think Police played original 
songs; and a cluster of young men with 
crumpled papers who billed themselves as 
the Three Desperados took turns reading 
poetry that they'd written together. 

Ryan Cahalane, a soft-spoken fresh- 
man from Connecticut with a crew cut and 
a plaid button-down, was slated to sing 
backup for Amy Allen '14 and his room- 
mate, guitarist Mike LaTorre '14. "I'm a 
little nervous, but this is what college is 
for," said Cahalane. Later, he broke into a 
freestyle rap in the middle of "Honev," a 
ballad by Allen. The audience cheered. ■ 

photograph: J. D. Levine 

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COURSE: EN 552 — London in the novel 

By Rosemarie Bodenheimer 


This course considers the metropolis 
of London through the writings 
of its residents, from Charles Dickens 
in the 1860s to Penelope Lively 
in the 1990s. It examines how their 
cityscapes — panoramic or street- 
side— drive emotion in fiction, the 
ways urban spaces enable or dis- 
able human connections, and how 
wars, immigration, and technological 
developments altered Europe's 
largest city over the last century 
and a half. 


Our Mutual Friend (1865) 
By Charles Dickens 

Dickens animated London streetscapes in 
ways that later British novelists absorbed, 
and so his last, most modern novel is the 
foundation of this course. As Our Mutual 
Friend opens, a man who makes his living 
scavenging from the polluted Thames is 
hauling out a drowned corpse while his 
daughter oars their small boat steady. The 
scene begins a mystery story that connects 
East Londoners' dockland slums with 
fashionable West End addresses and with 

Our Mutual Friend, 1894 edition 

households on every rung of the social lad- 
der. Readers experience Dickens's London 
at street level; his characters crisscross its 
bridges, its jostling thoroughfares, and, in 
the gloom of night, its deserted squares, 
meeting up by chance or intent, sometimes 
violently. Two rivals for a woman's love 
track one another through the maze; a mar- 
riage is proposed in a crumbling cemetery. 
The plot hangs on the inheritance of a 

fortune made from "dust" — the collection 
of refuse for resale — and the novel asks us 
to think about the human and material dis- 
cards of a huge city, and about the possibili- 
ties, for better or worse, of second lives. 

The Nether World ( 1889) 
By George Gissing 

In the late 19th century, London's large- 
scale poverty transfixed affluent readers, 
who focused their fears, philanthropy, 
and sociological analyses on the city's East 
End — "darkest London," as it was called. 
Gissing learned city-writing from reading 
Dickens, but his vision was bleaker: He saw 
the industrial urban environment as a place 
of degradation that relentlessly wasted 
individuals' talents and ambitions. Unlike 
Dickens's characters, who sew together 
widely separated parts of the city, Gissing's 
people live trapped in the working-class 
precinct of Clerkenwell, a "nether world" 
where they trudge in and out of menial jobs, 
move a few streets from one cheap lodging 
to another, and strive to escape their lot 
only to end up where they started. Gissing 
precisely maps the constricted walking 
routes of his characters, who seek out 
noisy, crowded streets for private talk or to 
elude observation. He deplores urban mass 
culture for encouraging the shallow young 
men and women who fight among them- 
selves for dominance, likening one exem- 
plar, the exuberantly coarse and amoral 
Clementina Peckover, to a "rank, evilly-fos- 
tered growth." But the "putrid soil of that 
nether world yields other forms besides," 
he writes: characters who do their best in 
blighted circumstances, and who lighten 
their neighbors' suffering with patient 
attention and everyday acts of kindness. 

The Secret Agent (1907) 
By Joseph Conrad 

Conrad's single London novel is a small 
masterpiece of urban noir. Ironic, often 
macabre, occasionally slapstick, it recalls 
Dickens and Gissing in its re-creation of 
the late- 19th-century city. But this London 
is entirely "a monstrous town," says the 
author, a demonstration of "man-made 
might . . . indifferent to heaven's frowns 


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and smiles," and it is full of characters with 
secrets. Mr. Verloc, an agent of the Russian 
Embassy, is ordered to perpetrate a dyna- 
mite outrage to scare the London police 
into cracking down on anarchists. The 
dynamite is supplied by "the perfect anar- 
chist." a diminutive intellectual who walks 
the streets hooked up to a bomb he can 
detonate at any time by squeezing a rubber 
ball in his pocket. The collateral victims of 
Verloc's plot are his brother-in-law, a men- 
tally disabled young man with a powerful 
sense of justice, and Verloc's wife, Winnie, 
whose principal mission is to protect her 
brother. As the novel moves from the sor- 
did back streets of Soho to the highest gov- 
ernment offices in Whitehall, we discover 
that every character, from anarchist to chief 
inspector, is capable of a sudden outburst or 
act of violence. Conrad's London is a grim 
place, wet and murky like "a slimy aquarium 
from which the water had been run off." 

The Lonely Londoners (1956) 
Bv Sam Selvon 

On June 21, 1948, the Empire Windrush 
docked in the Thames with 492 West 
Indians aboard, many of whom had served 
in the British military during the Second 
World War. It was a watershed moment, the 
beginning or the surge of postwar immigra- 
tion from throughout the Commonwealth 
and dependencies that would include 
25,000 West Indians in 1956 alone. 
Trinidadian Sam Selvon tells stories about 
a group of such arrivals, men who move 
between dead-end jobs and the dole; who 
dwell in cramped, overpriced Bayswater 
rooms, rented to blacks in an atmosphere 
of growing racial tension; who, in lighter 
moments, pick up women in Hyde Park. 
Selvon blends West Indian with standard 
English, giving us a sample of the many 
Englishes that can be heard in the streets. 

Reach near Chelsea, in the swinging 
London of the 1 960s. The little community 
is literally held together by gangplanks 
that link one fragile boat to another. Yet 
each character is somehow adrift. Nenna 
James can't manage to put her marriage 
back together; her daughters, Tilda (6) and 
Martha (12), are competent in the ancient 
art of river scavenging and connoisseurs 
of tidal turns. Every six hours, the tide lifts 
and lowers the rickety barges that house, 
in addition to the Jameses, an aging marine 
painter, a trusting male prostitute, a retired 
businessman, and an upper-class gentle- 
man who can't leave the war years behind. 
Amid comic, touching scenes of mishap, 
the powerful river sinks one boat and then 
another. Like the counterculture dreams of 
the Sixties, the "offshore" life is an interlude 
and a testament to the eccentricities, imagi- 
nation, and humanity of Londoners. 

Mrs. Dalloway (1925) 
Virginia Woolf 

"I love walking in London," exclaims upper- 
class hostess Clarissa Dalloway as she 
crosses St. James's Park on a sunny mid- 
June morning in 1923. It is nearly five years 
since the end of the Great War. Woolf cel- 
ebrates London's West End parks, squares, 
and shopping areas, viewed stream of 
consciousness-style through the eyes of the 
52-year-old Clarissa, her old flame Peter 
Walsh, and a shell-shocked young veteran, 
Septimus Smith, as each wanders the city 
on this day. It is a different city for each: 
Clarissa's London contains the "whirling 
young men and laughing girls" of her patri- 
cian past; Peter, returned after five years in 
India, registers the city's war memorials and 
freer postwar atmosphere, where a young 
woman might "powder her nose in front 
of everyone"; Septimus interprets every 
sight and sound as an alarm. The chiming 
of church clocks, a car backfiring, a skywrit- 
ing plane, the sight of a stranger in a park 
can momentarily unite individuals. But 
Clarissa's summation as she gazes from her 
window into a neighbor's home — "Here is 
one room, there another" — calls up a city 
inhabited by isolated consciousnesses. It's 
not an unhappy realization. "That's the 
miracle, that's the mystery," she thinks. 

Lonely Londoners, 1985 edition 

Walking to Piccadilly Circus dressed to the 
nines is a thrill for the newcomer Galahad: 
"This is London, this is life oh lord, to walk 
like a king with money in your pocket, not 
a worry in the world." Moses has been in 
the city longer and has a darker vision — 
"he could see the black faces bobbing up 
and down in the millions of white, strained 
faces, everybody hustling along the Strand, 
the spades jostling in the crowd, bewildered, 
hopeless." Yet Moses stays on, caught up 
like his friends in the magnetic pull of (his 
words) "London, center of the world." 

Offshore (1979) 

By Penelope Fitzgerald 

As in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, the tidal 
Thames is a protagonist in this novella 
about barge dwellers on the Battersea 

City of the Mind (1991) 
By Penelope Lively 

The ancient river is now a tourist site, 
and London is caught up in the real estate 
boom of the 1980s. Matthew Halland, a 
historv-minded voung architect, thinks 
of London as a "kaleidoscope of time and 
mood": When he looks at a brick wall 
he sees the city that was destroyed and 
rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 and 
again after Hitler's Blitz. Flashbacks — to a 
1 9th-century orphan scavenging in Covent 
Garden, to a fire warden afoot during an air 
raid, the city an inferno under "huge incan- 
descent clouds" — blend with the present as 
Matthew moves among his building proj- 
ects and takes his daughter to museums and 
parks. His city is being transformed again: 
Reflective glass has replaced brick as the 
building material of choice; houses in old 
neighborhoods are rehabbed and gentrified 
for the offices of the newly rich. Even the 
East End is being reclaimed for the expand- 
ing economy, its Bangladeshi immigrant 
community threatened by a megalomaniac 
developer. London persists as a "city of the 
mind," says Matthew, for people who know- 
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Rosemarie Bodenheimer is a professor of 
English at Boston College and the author of 
Knowing Dickens (2007). 

illustration: John Clemenson 



Urban legend 

Jane Jacobs distrusted academics about as much as city planners. 

When invited to leave her papers to Boston College, however, she warmly agreed 



During the 1950s and 1960s, urban planners had a 
dream: to remake cities in the image of suburbs. 
The ambition was to bring about, smoother traffic flow 
with the creation of urban superhighways, lessen popula- 
tion density with the dismantling of old neighborhoods, 
and create a strict separation of commercial and residential 
spaces (read: shopping malls and bedroom communities). 
The preferred method of effecting these changes was bull- 
dozing. Places like the West End of Boston, a working-class 
community of Italians and Jews, were razed and replaced by 
freeways or, in this case, superblocks of high-rise residential 
towers and barren, concrete plazas. In Boston, after demoli- 
tion of the West End in 1958-59, city planners contem- 
plated, with no more affection, another crowded district on 
their turf — the North End. In New York, plans were readied 
for the decimation of Lower Manhattan, to clear way for a 
10-lane expressway. 

When did America begin to turn a fresh eye toward neigh- 

borhoods like the North End and New York's Greenwich 
Village? This isn't anyone's guess. In hindsight, the reas- 
sessment began some 50 years ago, when a little-known 
writer who was raising three children in Greenwich Village 
brought forth a magisterial work, The Death and Life of 
Great American Cities. The 1961 book by Jane Jacobs was 
tantamount to a precision bombing of city planning agen- 
cies nationwide, as Jacobs laid unflinching siege to the then- 
reigning wisdom that large swaths of cities needed to be 
rebuilt from scratch. 

City planners abhorred urban density, associating it with 
congestion and unhealthy conditions; Jacobs believed it was 
essential, partly because more people meant more "eyes on 
the street," making all feel safer. She liked to see a mingling 
of functions — shopping, living, working, leisure — believing 
diversity made cities come alive. In that first book of hers, 

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she pronounced Boston's North End, with its cheek-by- 
jowl dwellings and shops, and sidewalks full of chatter, "the 
healthiest neighborhood in the city." 

Jacobs, who died in 2006 at age 89, left behind a pleni- 
tude of papers: reams of correspondence, a stack of personal 
scrapbooks, manuscripts exhaustively reworked by pen, and 
many folders of photographs — enough to fill 41 file boxes in 
Boston College's Burns Library for Rare Books and Special 
Collections. The papers catalogue her evolution from a 
journalist writing about urban issues in the small but influ- 
ential monthly Architectural Forum (defunct since 1974), to 
an author whose critiques and principles conveyed in three 
books about cities upended the urban policy establishment, 
to a public intellectual with range extending to ethics and 
economics and the environment. 

The Jane Jacobs Papers also draw a portrait of an activ- 
ist, a march-leading, meeting-disrupting organizer bent on 
protecting her home and her city's neighborhoods from 
destruction. In her thinking on the future of urban life, 
and in the fight for her own city block, Jacobs's chief nem- 
esis was Robert Moses, the premier builder of his time and 
probably any time in American history. 

As the public works czar of New York City who held pow- 
erful positions (usually several at once) over half a century, 
Moses presided over such titanic projects as the Triborough 
Bridge, the Whitestone Bridge, the Henry Hudson Parkway, 
the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Jones Beach, Jacob Riis 
Park, and Lincoln Center. But he met his match in Jacobs, 
who, together with her Manhattan neighbors, thwarted a 
series of his projects beginning in 1958. The most famous 
and protracted battle lasted through much of the 1960s, 
over the proposed 10-lane expressway through Lower 
Manhattan. Jacobs was the de facto leader of that crusade, 
and of an earlier struggle against the leveling of her neigh- 
borhood, the West Village. She involved children (including 
her own) in street demonstrations and employed tactics that 

When did America begin to turn a 
fresh eye toward neighborhoods like 
the North End? This isn't anyone's guess. 
The 1961 book by Jane Jacobs laid 
unflinching siege to the then-reigning 
wisdom that large swaths of cities 
needed to be rebuilt from scratch. 

included civil disobedience and a pointed refusal to negoti- 
ate with the likes of Moses. 

It is easy to imagine Jacobs's papers ensconced at an 
archive in New York City, where Jacobs lived for decades 
and waged her epochal battles against Moses projects; or 
in Toronto, which in 1968 became her adopted city, and 
where she also fought highways that would have bisected 
communities. But in the mid-1980s, Jacobs found intellec- 
tual friendship at Boston College, with people such as 
Richard Keeley, then director of the PULSE Program for 
Service Learning, now associate dean of the Carroll School 
of Management, and Fred Lawrence, now an associate 
professor of theology, then director of the University's 
Lonergan Center, a theological institute that organized the 
first of several symposia drawing Jacobs to Chestnut Hill. 
For Keeley, Jacobs's books offered a lens through which 
to survey the needs of Boston, with particular relevance to 
PULSE, a program that to this day combines undergradu- 
ate service (in homeless shelters, neighborhood centers, 
schools, or other urban settings) with connective course- 
work in philosophy and theology. 

Jacobs's writings began appearing on PULSE seminar 
reading lists in the early 1970s, as a means to introduce 
students to the challenges facing the neighborhoods where 
they were placed. In 1977, Keeley started sending letters to 
Jacobs inviting her to speak at Boston College, and receiv- 
ing polite rejections. Jacobs was wary of the academy in 
general, suspicious of credentialed expertise (which, after 
all, had manufactured the prevailing urban orthodoxies), 
and rankled by frequent criticism from those quarters that 
she lacked the credentials to speak about urban policy (she 
had no college degree). But Keeley persisted, with more let- 
ters from Chestnut Hill scattered across a decade. Finally, 
in 1986, he asked if he could see her in Toronto, and she 
agreed. There they spoke for hours about urban issues and 
Boston neighborhoods as well as Boston College. "She 
began to get a sense that if she were to come here, she would 
get a very enthusiastic hearing, and not the academic snob- 
bery that she often got elsewhere," Keeley recalls of the July 
4 visit. Less than a year later she was at Boston College for 
a symposium on ethics and economics — an event that, she 
later said, ushered in the post-urban phase of her think- 
ing and writing. The University's relationship with Jacobs 
continued, with more trips to campus for at least four more 
programs. And so, when asked by Burns librarian Robert 
O'Neill during a 1993 visit to the Heights if she'd consider 
making Boston College the repository of her papers, Jacobs 
replied, by every account, "I can't think of a place I'd rather 
have them." 

Today the trove is the most visited research collection 
at Burns and has been tapped as a prime source for several 
recent books about Jacobs and her ideas. 

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The master builder wasn't pleased to be challenged by a "nobody." 



inevitably Robert Moses is too. Their battles conjoin them 
in history. One of the more telling items in the Burns col- 
lection is a 1961 original typewritten letter from Moses 
to Bennett Cerf, cofounder of Random House, which 
in September had published The Death and Life of Great 
American Cities. The "master builder," as Moses was known, 
was at the height of his largely unchecked power, which 
included the power to destroy. 

The signature at the bottom of the letter (underscored as 
"PERSONAL" above the address line) betrays a man deeply 
conscious of his stature. It spans more than half the width 
of the page and bears a more than passing resemblance to 
the graphic rendering of sound waves, befitting one whose 
mammoth projects swept across boroughs and cleared 
whole neighborhoods. 

Moses had reason to be rattled by the book that landed 
on his desk, and not really because of its opening line— 
"This book is an attack on current city planning and rebuild- 
ing," or just because of what it said about Moses, who "has 
made an art of using control of public money to get his 
way." He might well have noticed that the author was the 

same Greenwich Village mother who helped rally her neigh- 
bors in 1958 against his plan to run a four-lane highway 
through the middle of Washington Square Park — the first 
of three showdowns with Jane Jacobs. It had been Moses's 
first defeat at the hands of citizen activists. Afterward he'd 
sputtered in an interview that the project was opposed by 
"nobodv, nobody but a bunch of, a bunch of mothers," as 
Anthony Flint relates in his 2009 book Wrestling with Moses: 
How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and 
Transformed the American City. 
Moses wrote to Cerf: 

Dear Bennett, 

I am returning the book vou sent me. Aside from the fact that 
it is intemperate and inaccurate, it is also libelous. I call your atten- 
tion, for example, to p. 131. 

Sell this junk to someone else. 

Robert Moses 

There's a phvsical feature of the letter that catches the 
eve — it's the rusted tape along the edges of the paper, the 

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corners of which have been torn off, as though this histori- 
cal document had found its way into a personal scrapbook. 
That's exactly where the letter ended up — in one of eight 
scrapbooks compiled by Jacobs. The scrapbooks had to be 
dismantled upon arrival at Burns, because the acidic covers 
were corroding the perforated pages. 

The fate of this missive suits the Jacobs-and-Moses, David- 
and-Goliath story. A girl from Scranton, Pennsylvania, born 
of old Presbyterian stock, Jacobs arrived in New York City 
in 1934, at the height of the Great Depression, with a high 
school diploma and a certification from a school of stenog- 
raphy. She found work as a secretary and on the side began 
writing freelance articles about offbeat urban topics such as 
the wholesale flower district in Lower Manhattan, which led 
eventually, in 1952, to the staff gig at Architectural Forum. 
Six years later a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation 
enabled her to begin work on The Death and Life of Great 
American Cities. 

Moses, on the other hand, was a Yale and Oxford man. 
By the time Jacobs settled in Manhattan, he had already 
become what Robert Caro would immortalize in the title 
words of his 1974 biography The Power Broker. In the mid- 

19308 he fended off an attempt to get him fired (as head 
of the Triborough Bridge Authority) by none other than 
President Franklin Roosevelt, a former New York governor, 
who resented the man's unbridled, unelected power. 

In private dealings, Jacobs had a friendly and unassum- 
ing manner, much in contrast to her feisty public persona. 
Moses was famously brusque and pugnacious. And still, 
his letter winds up among her scrapbook's potpourri, with 
greeting cards from friends, crayon drawings by children — 
and newspaper clippings that speak of the thwarting of 
Robert Moses. 

Shortly after mailing off the manuscript of The Death and 
Life of Great American Cities to Random House in February 
1961, Jacobs was thrust into the vanguard of another 
Greenwich Village revolt against Moses. This time, the 
hair-raising plan was "slum clearance" — of 14 blocks con- 
stituting the West Village, described then by one observer 
as a "busy, friendly, frowzy" neighborhood of working-class 
white ethnics that had just begun to see an inflow of Puerto 
Ricans, African Americans, young professionals, and gays. 
On one of those blocks was the two-story apartment above 
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1 940s. Together with a neighborhood dentist, Jacobs was 
elected cochair of the Committee to Save the West Village. 
She continued with tactics begun during the Washington 
Square campaign, refusing to settle for anything less than 
a full scrapping of plans (elsewhere, communities had bar- 
gained with Moses for small accommodations that mattered 
little in the end). 

She won that battle in February 1962, five months after 
the book was released. Around that time, plans materialized 
for what Moses called the Lower Manhattan Expressway, 
the 10-lane superhighway set to pierce through Little Italy, 
Chinatown, the Bowery, and the Lower East Side, and 
completely destroy a district then known vaguely as the 
area south of Houston Street, now the thriving arts and 
upscale shopping district Soho. Jacobs lived just outside 
those perimeters, but she became the lightning rod of the 
resistance effort after being drafted by community leaders 
as cochair of their committee to stop the expressway. She 
persuaded the communities to brook no compromise. At 
an April 1968 public hearing in the Lower East Side, she 
stood up and called on residents to march across the stage 

of the high school as city Department of Transportation 
officials were making clear their intention to approve the 
expressway project. She led, and was followed by artists, 
shop owners, old Italian and Jewish ladies, and many others. 
Jacobs was arrested on charges that included inciting a riot, 
and eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser count of disorderly 
conduct. Her case, followed closely by the press, proved to 
be a turning point in the long confrontation. 


plan was finally interred by Mayor John Lindsay in July 
1969, Jane Jacobs was no longer a New Yorker. She and 
her family had resettled in Toronto a year earlier, primar- 
ily because her two sons, Ned and Jim, had reached draft 
age. Both Jane and Bob Jacobs, by then in their fifties, were 
peace activists. They had stood and sat with shaggy-haired, 
tambourine-playing protesters in the movement against the 
Vietnam War. 

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York City jail (identified on the back of the photo as the 
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bench against a cinder block wall are three stylishly attired 
young women, and a fourth. One of the three is the reliably 
photogenic Susan Sontag, cigarette in hand, sporting a furry 
black hat, her blue jeans tucked inside black leather boots. 
At 28, Sontag, who died of leukemia in 2004, was on the 
brink of celebrity as a fiction writer and essayist. Flanking 
her is the woman who doesn't seem to belong in the picture. 
That's Jacobs with her silver bangs, wearing a wool coat 
that might have been fashionable a decade earlier during 
the Eisenhower administration, and thick, round, black 
eyeglasses. She and the others await booking after trying to 
block entrance to an induction center during a demonstra- 
tion against the draft. 

Such activism only lends to an impression some have 
that Jane Jacobs was a figure of the radical left. The Death 
and Life of Great American Cities is often grouped with other 
classics of dissent from that period, including Silent Spring 
by Rachel Carson, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, 
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader, and The Other America 
by Michael Harrington (Death and Life was the first of these 
to be published). Jacobs, however, is not easy to peg ideolog- 
ically. In fact, the sharpest counterpunches to Death and Life 

came from liberal policy analysts — urban renewal was, after 
all, an invention of big government. Among the copious 
correspondence in Burns is a warm exchange of letters with 
an admirer, William F. Buckley, Jr., who included a passage 
from Death and Life in an anthology of conservative writing. 
Jacobs often struck anti-government chords. Looking back 
on the urban renewal battles that consumed her for years, 
she told an interviewer in 1998: "I hate the government for 
making my life absurd." 

What Jacobs longed for was peace and quiet, a return to 
the writer's life. That, too, was a factor in her self-exile from 
New York. In Toronto, she quickly finished her second book, 
The Economy of Cities, which looked at cities as engines of 
creativity, or what today would be styled "innovation." She 
was becoming more than simply the anti-urban planner. 
She would find new friends and fresh ideas in Toronto and 
in a certain less-citified locale west of downtown Boston. 


marked "Systems of Survival" is a sheet of paper torn 
from a small wire-bound notebook. On it, written with a 
ballpoint pen that was running out of ink, are the names 


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of 15 people connected to Boston College. There are some 
familiars among them — Dick Keeley of the Carroll School, 
Fred Lawrence of the Lonergan Center, Patrick Byrne of the 
philosophy department, Joseph Flanagan, SJ, a cofounder of 
the PULSE program who died this past May — and others, 
including undergraduate students. In the same folder is a 
typewritten letter to Keeley in which Jacobs is checking to 
make sure she has recorded the names and titles correctly, 
for special thanks in her upcoming book, Systems of Survival, 
published by Random House in 1992. 

In the acknowledgments for Systems, Jacobs wrote she 
was "especially indebted" to faculty members of Boston 
College's philosophy and theology departments as well as 
to PULSE and the Lonergan Center. She went on to name 
the 1 5 "Boston College people" who had critiqued versions 
of the book in draft form, including five PULSE students 
(see sidebar, page 39) who read the manuscript in a seminar 
taught by Keeley and Flanagan. The students had discussed 
the text with the author herself, during an April 1991 visit 
to the Heights. 

Written in the form of a Platonic dialogue among fiction- 
al characters, Systems examines the moral values that under- 
gird all of economic and political life. Some key ideas for the 
book were first thrashed out in Chestnut Hill, at an April 
1987 conference sponsored primarily by the Lonergan 
Center and amplified two years later in a collection titled 
Ethics in Making a Living: The Jane Jacobs Conference, edited 
by Fred Lawrence. (The theologian Bernard Lonergan, 
who died three years before the conference, was known 
to speak of Jacobs allusively as "Mrs. Insight." The title 
of Lonergan's 1957 magnum opus was Insight: A Study of 
Human Understanding.) 

Jacobs had already begun to explore notions about 
the distinct and complementary roles of commercial and 
political authorities, and the Lonergan conference helped 
acquaint her with a tradition of explicitly moral discourse 
about that very matter. A few days after the conference she 
wrote to Fr. Flanagan: 

My head is now awhirl with new ideas and improved ideas 
which I never adequately acknowledged at the time, being 
so busy at taking them in. ... In many ways I have a better 
idea now of what I should be doing, and more guidance in 
understanding too, about what I was already doing but was 
blurry about. It's rather like getting compass directions for 
my understandings, and these directions are infinitely valu- 
able. It seems almost magical to get them, moreover, exactly 
when I need them. 

It was afterward that Jacobs decided to render Systems of 
Survival as a dialogue, in the Platonic mode that she contin- 
ued in The Nature of Economies, published in 2000. (The lat- 
ter book was fashioned as a conversation over coffee among 

five fictional characters, airing themes such as the dynamic 
relationship between human beings and the natural world.) 
And that decision owed significantly to "the utility and plea- 
sure I found in dialogue at Boston College," Jacobs wrote to 
Keeley in June 1988. 

Systems of Survival was Jacobs's first major work to de- 
part from the subject of cities. She would continue to find 
her way to the Heights for conversations, finally for a 
November 2000 symposium held at the law school, mark- 
ing the 40th anniversary of Death and Life of Great American 


the Jane Jacobs collection. There's the 1988 "Britannica 
Award for the Dissemination of Learning and the 
Enrichment of Life," with raised lettering on large parch- 
ment paper and a long-winded identification of Jacobs as 
a "scourge of complacency" whose "prophetic" vision has 
"penetrated the veil of tradition, sloth." It's a lofty recogni- 
tion, assigned in other years to Peter Drucker, John Kenneth 
Galbraith, and Jane Goodall. Keeley and Boston College 
archivist Robert O'Neill came across the citation when they 
visited Jane and Bob Jacobs in Canada in 1995, staying as 
their houseguests (Bob died in 1996). The two from Boston 
College were there to help Jacobs parcel up her papers and 
items. O'Neill held up the Britannica Award and asked: 
"Jane, don't you want to keep this?" Jacobs replied, "Oh yes, 
I would," and proceeded to dismantle the frame, handing 
the certificate back to him. "It's a lovely frame," she said, 
figuring it would come in handy for pictures of her grand- 
children. She did the same with other awards lying in boxes 
around her house. 

There are the serial photographs of Jacobs staring pen- 
sively down at a manual typewriter. It was the portable 
Remington she used in writing Death and Life and every- 
thing else until practically the day she died in April 2006. 

Jacobs is not easy to peg ideologically. 
The sharpest counterpunches to 
Death and Life came from liberal policy 
analysts— urban renewal was, after all, 
invented by big government. Among 
her correspondence is a warm exchange 
of letters with William F. Buckley, Jr. 

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Shortly after her passing, Keeley started wondering with 
an eye to the Burns collection: What about the typewriter? 
Right around that moment, the typewriter was somehow 
mixed up with junk left out for the sanitation detail in front 
of her Toronto home. An alert neighbor caught sight of 
the collector's item, which resurfaced later in a Toronto 
museum. The Jane Jacobs Papers at Boston College has a 
wealth of offerings, but the old green Remington is one that 
got away. 

As artifacts of her writing life, more telling are the origi- 
nal manuscripts. Versions of several major works are stored 
in a dozen boxes together with research notes, cover proofs, 
and other publication materials. Jacobs described herself in 
one letter as a slow and plodding writer, and the typewritten 
manuscripts are Exhibit A, with pages upon pages crossed 
out and revisions penned into the double spaces. In a draft 
of The Economy of Cities, for example, there is a didactic 
argument, in fairly pedestrian prose, against the idea that 
population control programs are a panacea for the world's 
afflictions. The text lacks the characteristic Jacobs punch; 
an "X" is marked across the two paragraphs, along with 
some cursive rewriting. In the published version of the 1 964 
book, the words are different. She writes that while birth 
control may provide many benefits to women, as a prescrip- 
tion for overcoming poverty and economic stagnation it is 
"nonsense" and "quackery." She adds: "The economies of 
people are not like the economies of deer, who wax fat if 
their numbers are thinned." This is the Jane Jacobs of the 
printed page. 

Keeley has a method for encouraging his students to 
make rewriting part of their plan for composing research 
papers. He literally borrows a page from Jacobs, robustly 
revised by the author. And he shows it to them — inspiration 
from a world-class writer who seems never to have pro- 
duced a draft she liked. 


godmother of urban America, the one who fought off 
the suburbanization of the city. But did she? Some critics 
have observed that Soho, for example, with its avenues of 
high-end boutiques, today resembles an open-air shopping 
mall. The 19th-century cast-iron structures were spared, 
thanks to Jacobs, but in a column written shortly after she 
died, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff 
argued that Soho's once-rich diversity of artists, shop own- 
ers, working-class people, and others has been "replaced by 
homogeneous crowds of lemming-like shoppers. ... It is a 
corner of the city that is nearly as soulless, in its way, as the 
superblocks that Ms. Jacobs so reviled." A few have sug- 
gested that in saving urban neighborhoods, Jacobs helped 
paved the way for colonization by yuppies. 
But she did save them. 

In New York City, Jacobs's legacy is there to see. Just 
listing the would-have-been Moses projects — the four-lane 
highway through Washington Square Park, the razing of 
the West Village, the dismembering of Lower Manhattan — 
takes the breath away. In each instance, Jacobs was the main 
stopper. And many a neighborhood beyond Manhattan 
that had an appointment with the wrecking crew was also 
spared, owing in part to Jacobs. The protracted, grass- 
roots campaign against the Lower Manhattan Expressway 
helped ignite a nationwide anti-freeway movement that 
frustrated similar designs in, among other places, Baltimore, 
Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, New Orleans, 
Seattle, and San Francisco, as Flint relates in Wrestling with 

In Boston, the publication of Death and Life put city 
planners on the hot seat, as Alice Sparberg Alexiou tracks 
in her 2006 book fane Jacobs: Urban Visionary. The city had 
already demolished the close-knit West End neighborhood; 
Jacobs reported in Death and Life and continued to allege in 
the press afterward that the North End was slated for the 
same fate. Officials rushed to put forth denials, yet couldn't 
keep themselves from saying that the neighborhood did 
need massive "rehabilitation." In the end, the planners kept 
their hands off. What part Jacobs played in the sparing of 
this favorite Boston neighborhood remains an intriguing, 
unanswered question. 

The archives contain the unpublished records (proceed- 
ings, minutes, personal accounts) of a triumphant visit to 
Boston by Jacobs. The occasion was the opening of the 1 980 
"Great Cities of the World Conference," which attracted to 
Faneuil Hall the leaders of scores of municipalities, ranging 
from St. Petersburg, Russia, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Two 
highly distinguished men, the developer Jim Rouse and the 
Harvard architecture scholar Moshe Safdie, spoke as urban 
experts. Rouse spotlighted the need for cities to embrace 
"big plans," arguing that "piecemeal" approaches had no 
"magic" and no chance of reviving cities, a feeling echoed 
by Safdie. 

Then, Jacobs padded to the podium. She apologized at 
the outset for remarks that would be merely "piecemeal" — 
a first dig at Rouse. "Life is an ad hoc affair, and has to be 
improvised all the time," she explained. Big plans "stifle 
the emergence of future, alternative courses of action." She 
spoke of the "magic" of little plans such as Quincy Market 
in Boston, improvisations that reanimate cities from within. 
"Believe me," she said, aiming a dart this time at Safdie, "cit- 
ies are not going to be humanized by conceiving new urban 
plans at Harvard." 

The record shows that the audience of mayors from 
around the globe gave Jacobs the most stirring applause of 
the day, and that Safdie ventured across the stage and kissed 
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acknowledged a special debt of gratitude to 15 people from 
Boston College who had assessed drafts of the manuscript. Five 
of them were undergraduate students in the College of Arts 
and Sciences. 

As members of the PULSE Council, a leadership group of 
students who had gone through the University's PULSE pro- 
gram for service learning, the five were taking part in a yearlong 
seminar titled "Philosophy of Community" in 1990-91. In April, 
Jacobs spent three days as a guest of the PULSE Authors Series, 
during which her schedule included visits to classes, meetings 
with faculty, a public talk, and an excursion to the North End 
(which she had praised for its "street atmosphere of buoyancy, 
friendliness, and good health" in her 1961 book The Death and 
Life of Great American Cities). Jacobs joined in the PULSE Coun- 
cil seminar; in the room were the five students, Jacobs, her 
husband, Robert, and the course's two professors: PULSE co- 
founder Joseph Flanagan, SJ, and Richard Keeley, then director 
of PULSE, now associate dean of the Carroll School (who had 
formed a close bond of friendship with the Jacobses). Jacobs 
had previously shared drafts of Systems with Keeley, and he 
with the students. 

What the alumni remember most clearly is Jacobs's prob- 
ing interest in their opinions of her work in progress. "She had 
no airs about her," says Peggy Bedevian Geragos '91, who now 
lives in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles, with her archi- 
tect husband and three-year-old daughter. Like other PULSE 
students, Geragos had read other works by Jacobs including 
The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which devotes three 
chapters to the subject of sidewalks and touts densely popu- 
lated neighborhoods for their "eyes on the street." Today Gera- 
gos often recalls that lesson when she sits with her daughter on 
the front porch of their house on a short block with postage- 
stamp front yards in a dense, lively neighborhood. "I sit there 
and think about what makes a neighborhood safe. Eyes on the 
street— it's as simple as that," she says. 

Cindy Kang '92 is a partner in the international law firm 
Fulbright & Jaworski, with its immigration and naturalization 
practice in Dallas. Jacobs "was very focused on us, and we had 

to be on our toes— she asked a lot of questions," Kang recalls. 
As it happens, Kang says she has been ruminating quite a bit 
on Death and Life lately, because she and her fiance are discuss- 
ing where they'd like to live and raise children. They'd prefer a 
dense urban environment but have concerns about the quality 
of the schools. 

Sara Marcellino '93 was a sophomore when she took "Phi- 
losophy of Community." For the past year and a half she has 
worked as a development and grants manager at TransForm, 
an advocacy organization striving to improve mass transit and 
nurture "walkable" communities in the San Francisco Bay area. 
Early on in the job, she wandered into the conference room 
where her new colleagues were having lunch. Around the table 
were seated TransForm's urban planners, and on the table was 
a copy of Death and Life. "It reminded me how ubiquitous [Ja- 
cobs] was," says Marcellino. "And it certainly made me feel jus- 
tified" in taking the job. 

Of the five students, one did gravitate to the field that Ja- 
cobs revolutionized. Sheila Lynch '93 is now an associate plan- 
ner for the city of Lakewood, Colorado, an inner-ring suburb of 
Denver. "I didn't realize at the time how formative an experi- 
ence it was," Lynch says of her student encounter with Jacobs. 
Lynch's focus is the redevelopment of old suburban districts, 
and, Lynch says, she is bringing Jacobsian insights to bear: the 
importance of population density, for instance, and of "mixed 
use" development that enables people to live, work, and shop 
in the same community. 

Nancy Soohoo '91 was a senior at the time of "Philosophy 
and Community," and she went straight to law school after 
graduating. She did not know of her inclusion in the acknowl- 
edgment in Systems of Survival until contacted for this article. 

"I'm surprised," says Soohoo, who works for a small biotech 
firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "I wouldn't have thought 
that we made much of an impact on her. I think she made more 
of an impact on us." Soohoo says that when commuting along 
the interstate from her home in Framingham, she often thinks 
about the walkable cities Jacobs advocated in Death and Life. "I 
wish there were more of them," Soohoo says. 

—William Bole 

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I i i I I I I ? I ! 

Each summer the Boston College Intersections program sends a dozen faculty and 

staff on a week-long 'immersion trip' to Nicaragua. To what end? 

The author, an English professor, offers this account 


Walls, topped with barbed wire or shards of glass stuck upright into 
cement. pink or turquoise, cinnamon or yellow. gray and peeling, painted 
over, layered. can you read (l try, my spanish weak) the writing on the wall? 

En Venta. Maria Elena, 8 anos, Dengue. Viva Daniel Presidente! FSLN! Patria Libre. Bush Genosida. 
PLC. From our air-conditioned bus, we see a green wall advertising a "garage university," 
"Estudios" hand-lettered in white beside a slightly asymmetrical painting of the globe. And 
the murals; they are everywhere. The revolutionary Sandinista mother, carrying a rifle while 
breast-feeding her infant. The Nativity scene with a brown, baby Jesus at the Batahola Cultural 
Center, and further along this same mural, a nurse dispensing a dropper full of medicine 
into a woman's mouth: u Erradicacion de polio y Somocismo" ("Somoza was our sickness," 

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Participants in the faculty/staff Nicaragua immersion trip in May 2010, with women of the Genesis Spinning Cooperative. Holding papers in the first row is the author. 

our young guide says, naming the former dictator from the 
1960s and 1970s). Walls to tell stories. Walls to keep in. 
Keep out. 

On this trip, i am perpetually 
unmoored, confused. I am a student, a role that makes 
me think often of my own students, particularly the ones in 
my "Writing Across Cultures" workshop, a course in which 
I ask students to use the nonfiction essay (whether lyrical, 
personal, or journalistic) to probe cultural differences. 

In my fiction workshops I often say to my students, if 
you're female, write in the voice of a man. Or vice versa. 

Or write from the perspective of a very old person. Even 
if — especially if — it's hard. (Yes, I've grown a bit weary of 
reading about their childhoods, the navel-gazing that can 
come from "write what you know.") Writing has always 
been, for me, about empathy, imagination, the attempt to 
cross over. Stretch, I've been telling my students for years. 
Go\ Somewhere. Anywhere. Go downtown. Interview the 
woman who swipes your Eagle Card. Go abroad. 

When I designed "Writing Across Cultures," I hoped 
to attract students who didn't need this kind of coaxing, 
and it worked. Before my trip to Nicaragua, my own world 
travels had brought me to only two developing countries; 
I'd written about neither. My "Crossing Cultures" students 
have returned from a week building houses in Appalachia; 

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from a semester spent living on a permaculture farm in 
Africa; from work in a Jamaican school over spring break. 
Resume builders? Do-gooders? Open, questioning souls? 
Their experiences are hard for them to get their heads 
around, their (often expensive) service work even more so. 
Some come home immobilized, others aflame with idealism 
and indignation or (briefly) self-hatred. Some are unsettled, 
uneasy — actively so. They overuse quotation marks: "ser- 
vice," "developing" (I get it now). More than in my other 
workshops, I hear complaints of writer's block. 

During my week in Nicaragua, I glimpse firsthand the 
challenges students face as they try to put cross-cultural 
experiences — especially brief ones, especially encounters 
with poverty and service work — into words. Set on familiar 
ground, writing can, if an author wants it to, have an arc, an 
epiphany, a narrator who knows whereof she speaks. Here, 
what shape, what meaning, what language, what conclu- 
sion? Maybe no conclusion? Maybe, instead, a tracking of 
what must, for the traveler, be an experience of ignorance, 
flux, walls that cannot be scaled. If I come home with a 

mountains, to enjoy our flowers. Come to study. But do not 
come to help." 

Our trip is billed as a "Faculty/Staff Travel Seminar," its 
purpose to "provide faculty and staff with an international 
experience that . . . explore [s] how issues of faith and justice 
are linked to Jesuit mission in higher education in order that 
these themes might be integrated [into] their work at Boston 
College." I'm neither Catholic nor religious. I go because I'm 
an adventurer and interested in questions of social justice, 
as well as in how to help my students (and my children and 
myself) consider how to lead — to borrow from Thoreau — 
deliberate lives. And Boston College is footing the bill. 

Nicaragua is the second poorest country, after Haiti, 
in the Western Hemisphere. The idealism and desire for 
autonomy of Illich and others in 1968 has flowered, wilted, 
and taken root again there in various forms, but despite (or 
alongside) this, the country remains deeply dependent on 
outside aid. On our trip, we help nobody, which begets an 
uncomfortable feeling, given all that we see. Yet it's appro- 
priate, too: We know so little; we have only just arrived. We 

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My 'Crossing Cultures' students find it hard to get 
their heads around their service experiences. Some are 
unsettled, uneasy. They overuse quotation marks: 'service, 
'developing' (I get it now). More than in my other work- 
shops, I hear complaints of writer's block. 

central set of questions about what it means to do — and 
write about — "service learning" in a developing country, 
it is this: Who is being helped? Who is being educated? In 
1968, the radical priest and educator Ivan Illich addressed 
the Conference on Inter-American Student Projects, an 
organization that sent students to Mexico on service trips: 
"I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercis- 
ing the power which being an American gives you. I am 
here to entreat you to freely, consciously, and humbly give 
up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence 
on Mexico. I am here to challenge you to recognize your 
inability, your powerlessness, and your incapacity to do 
the 'good' which you intended to do. I am here to entreat 
you to use your money, your status, and your education to 
travel in Latin America. Come to look, come to climb our 

will leave, many of us never to return. There's ample work 
to do at home. And yet. We visit the medical clinic where 
Boston College nursing faculty and students annually bring 
supplies and work with patients and staff. We have dinner 
one night with a Boston College graduate who cofounded a 
volunteer program at the Batahola Community in Managua, 
lived there for two years, then trained two new volunteers to 
continue the work. Now she's back, visiting her Nicaraguan 
boyfriend, who teaches music to kids in Ciudad Sandino, 
a town enveloped by Managua's sprawl that is essentially 
a refugee community of people displaced by hurricanes, 
floods, volcanoes, dictators. 

Do not come to help? I have only the most tenuous 
grasp on the fraught relationship Nicaragua has had with 
the United States — with our liberals and conservatives, our 


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missionaries and capitalists, our military and peaceniks, 
with embargoes and Free Trade Zones and Fair Trade 
and international aid. The monuments and buildings in 
Managua are a hodgepodge, many labeled in English: "a 
gift from Taiwan"; a statue "from the Soviets"; "funded by 
Venezuela"; and above this capital city, a huge black statue, 
like a paper cutout, of Cesar Augusto Sandino, who waged 
guerrilla war against U. S. occupiers in the 1 920s and 1 930s; 
and beside that, rusting, an old tank, a sift from Mussolini, 
and bevond it, a towering, hot pink sign hawking the 
next presidential election: "Nicaragua: Cristiana, Socialista, 
Solidaria, 2011 Viva la Revolution!" The Left, I gather, is cor- 
rupt these days; the Right also; the center, ineffectual. Still, 
voter participation can sometimes approach 90 percent. 

Nicaragua is on mountain time, so 
we get a bonus of two hours when we arrive 
from boston, but we could use much more. our 
schedule is packed with visits, and our scarce downtime evap- 
orates as we ask question after question, or heavy rains slow 
the bus, or keys are fished for, a clinic or school unexpectedly 
closed (national holidays seem to be declared last minute 
here). The trip is rigorous and exhausting, but I wouldn't, 
looking back, cut one thing out — I finish hungry, wanting 
more. In the space of a week, we hear from activists, priests, 
factory workers, feminists, university administrators, arti- 
sans, students, farmers, each voice looped from Spanish to 
English through the wire of our translation equipment, for 
those of us who need it. Our trip director, Mark Lester, is a 
Kentucky native who has lived in Nicaragua for 25 years; he 
codirects the Central American and Caribbean branch of the 
Center for Global Education, which works with universities, 
including ours, to develop study abroad programs. Prior to 
going, we'd filled out questionnaires about our interests so 
Mark could tailor our trip. When we arrive, he gives us a 
crash course in Nicaraguan history and then — with respect, 
calm, and years of accumulated knowledge — he leads us 
through our days and translates back and forth. 

Bueno, begins each speaker we visit, and there is some- 
thing in the word that I soon come to expect, indeed to crave: 
the thoughtful pause it brings, the way — bueno, good — it 
seems a marker ot the persistence we keep seeing in the face 
of so much instability — a kind of faith, whatever its roots 
(and they are various). Bueno from Maria Teresa Blandon, 
quick, strong-voiced, ironic, a founder of the feminist move- 
ment, which grew out of the leftist Sandinista Revolution in 
the 1970s but split from it in the late 1980s. The revolution 
got scared when it got close to feminism. It broke us apart and 
forced women to abandon our criticism of machismo within the 
party. Feminists, she says, have become service providers— 

ot legal aid, healthcare, and education for women — largely 
unheard as a political voice by the state. Nicaragua is like a 
pre-republic, she tells us before posing for a picture with the 
women in our group. Bueno from Fr. Fernando Cardenal, 
the priest expelled from the Jesuit order because he joined 
the Sandinista government and wouldn't quit it; as secretary 
of education he led a massive, successful literacy campaign 
and 12 years later was readmitted to the order, the first 
Jesuit to be expelled and readmitted in 460 years. White- 
haired, charismatic, he tells us of a young woman who 
decided to continue to teach in a community where activist 
women like her were being raped, so strong was her com- 
mitment to the literacy campaign: Her center of gravity was no 
longer inside her; it had moved outside her, into the campesinos. 
Both Cardenal and Blandon are passionate, direct. Both are 
deeply disappointed with the current Sandinista (FSLN) 
government and President Daniel Ortega, with whom they 
used to be aligned. If there is dissonance in their depictions 
of women in the revolution — for Cardenal, the revolu- 
tion empowered women; for Blandon, it eventually failed 
them — we're not surprised. We've been in Nicaragua for six 
days and are getting used to dissonance by now. Bueno from 
the three representatives of the organization Indigenous 
People of Telpaneca, who speak to us about their struggle 
over property rights. Indigena is not the right word, the 
group's president tells us; original is more accurate. Then, in 
his next sentence, he uses indigena. 

Bueno from the rural women in Guasuyuca, who run 
an organic coffee cooperative that grew out of FEM, a 
women's resource center, in this mountain village where 
orchids grow wild and green spills into green. The women 
at FEM have study circles in soldering, electricity, sexual 
health, math. They are given a production package: seeds, 
1 hens, a cow, a pig. When a package multiplies, they make 
another, pass it on. One by one, the women — young, old, 
middle-age — stand before us to share their stories. Bueno. 
/ am the mother of 12 children — 1 1 now; one died. I was only a 
mother and wife, I had nothing else. If the women hadn 't come to 
organize with us, I'd still be hiding. Now I'm old but I'm young; 
my children tell me I look younger — really! Then the poet (I 
catch her name, Yadira Merlo Rivera), beautiful and lumi- 
nous; her wide smile reveals jagged teeth: When I was 15, my 
sister gave a box of sheets to my mother for her birthday. I had 
nothing so I gave her a poem. Since then I have written many 
others. I have some — she points to her head — here. Would you 
like me to tell one to you? 

Madre: your name sounds like a beautiful mist 
Your heart beats with the pain of a child . . . 
Madre . . . 

Where is your mother, we ask the poet. //; the United 
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woman with 1 1 living children. In France, Costa Rica, the 
United States. What do you hope for them? For them to come 
home with what they have learned. Where are the men, your 
husbands or partners, the fathers of your children? Working 
in Costa Rica. Gone; he didn't like me working. Mine, also 
gone. A ripple of unsettled laughter, then one of the women 
speaks: Some of us have suffered a lot for what we have. And 
from the poet, My husband is watching our son while I speak 
to you. That — she lifts her chin higher — wouldn't have hap- 
pened before. 

at home in massachusetts, we 
(philosophers, historians, clergy, admission 
staff, catholic, baptist, jewish, muslim, protes- 
tant, buddhist, agnostic, atheist, white, black, 

manage university offices. In Nicaragua, we are 
students, here to learn. We are taken places (may I use the 
passive voice?), our itinerary planned. We ask a stream of 
questions of the "resource people" we meet, and they answer 
in detail — generous in spirit; also paid for their time with us; 
also hoping — some of them — that we might help. "You are 
rich," a dean at the Jesuit Universidad Centroamerica says 
plainly as we discuss the possibility of institutional exchang- 
es. "And we are not." Sometimes we buy or donate. We 
point to our cameras: Fotografia? One boy shakes his head 
no to me; the rest say yes. We say gracias, mucho gusto. Leave. 
One night, as we travel north to Esteli in our bus, we begin 
to sing — show tunes, soundtracks from 1970s sitcoms; only 
on our last day, on the way to the airport, do we learn that 
Jose, who drives our bus, is a guitar player who has made a 
CD, which we buy. 

At night, in the open inner courtyards of our guarded 
hotels in Managua and Esteli, as mangos flump down from 
the trees, we reflect together before turning to dominoes 
and beer, or sleep. Alone in my room for the first few 
evenings, I write pages about the day's encounters. By our 
third day, I am writing less at night, and my daytime notes 
grow more fragmented and illegible. Where is the story? 
There are too many, and I know too little to tell even one. 
I learn from Mark that there are almost no street signs in 
Managua; directions are based on landmarks, and history: 
"Go to where the Pepsi Cola factory used to be, then turn in 
the direction of the lake." But what if you — traveler/writer/ 
student/professor/gringa — don't know where the factory 
was? What if you're used to, well, signs? 

Are the shapes in the mural at the Batahola Cultural 
Center black birds or planes (U.S. fighter planes, we're 
told by Mark after we leave. Also probably birds). Before 
the Sunday Mass we attend there, I kneel down and talk 

to a little dark-haired girl — her eyes gleaming, her smile 
broadening as I show her a photo of my own little dark- 
haired daughters. We talk; she accepts my broken Spanish 
and takes me to meet her grandmother, mother, baby sister. 
After Mass, she circles me appearing, disappearing, Hola! 
Adios! As we get ready to board the bus, her grandmother 
comes over to ask for money, and abruptly, I must wonder: 
Was my interaction with the child a "genuine" moment of 
connection, or a setup for an appeal, or both — two neces- 
sary economies (the personal, the monetary) in play? I don't 
give money; we've been instructed not to. I leave feeling 
vaguely sick. Later, in my room, I review the day's pictures 
on my camera and come across one of the girl — a picture 
I'd forgotten I'd taken. Somewhere in the background, her 
abuela must have been watching. How many cordobas is a 
photo worth? 

North Americans like to bring solar 
cookers to people in developing nations. we 
learn this from Michael Woodard, a founder of Jubilee 
House, a faith-based, nonsectarian community that has 
worked since 1994 to help residents of Cuidad Sandino 
identify their own needs and find ways to meet them. The 
solar cooker, he tells us, is a pretty cool device: It uses no 
fuel and costs nothing to run. It helps prevent deforestation, 
pollution, smoke inhalation. It saves time, labor. Except. 
Imagine (says Michael) that you're a Nicaraguan woman 
used to planning your day around the fire, and the beans 
you cook on it. You're given a solar cooker and instructions, 
left to use it on your own. You'll need sun; you might need 
to cut down the tree that provides shade and fruit by your 
home. You'll need to watch for burning; the cooker regu- 
lates differently than a wood fire. You'll need to consider 
if it's raining out. You'll have to convince your kids to eat 
beans that lack the smoky flavor they've always known. 
You accept the cooker gracefully, gratefully, it seems (the 
Nicaraguans we meet are unfailingly polite), but when 
the volunteers return a few weeks later, the solar cooker 
is heaped full of firewood, the wood fire burning steadily, 
slow-cooking beans. 


be 30-SOMETHING, or 50-SOMETHING. Her house/ 
workshop/store in the village of San Juan del Oriente is a 
shotgun construct with two main rooms, a dirt floor, pane- 
less windows, an open door at either end. We crowd in. 


The front room is full of pottery on tables, the walls bare 
except for some photographs of babies. Two canaries sit 
on a perch, next to a radio. The woman greets us, then leads 
us to the rear, darker room, where she takes off her shoes 
and stomps on a pile of day until it's flat. Bueiw. The real 
demonstration begins — the shaping, rounding, heaving 
of the clav, which comes from the mud in the village. She 
centers it on a wheel, and her son takes over. He makes 
one pot, then another. Unlike his mother, who is polite but 
reticent, he arms and seems to like an audience. He makes 
a third pot, sets it next to the others in front of the wheel. 
Behind him, on a shutter, are words in red brush strokes: 
"Te Amo Mama." 

The mother takes over from the son, paints the pot, des- 
tined for Fair Trade export, with green glaze. As she works, 
children of all ages come and go; she calls for tools. When 
one child does not answer, she calmly summons the next 
one; someone produces a wet rag. 

She takes us out back to a wood-fed kiln. The air — hot 
and humid already — is smoky, thick here. I suppress a 

of the equation? At home, I sometimes dabble in clay and 
oil paints. My grandmother, a Sephardic Jewish immigrant 
from Turkey, was a dressmaker, a widow with two sons 
until she entered into an arranged marriage with my grand- 
father, himself a widower with a child. Together they had 
three more children, including my mother, who got a Ph.D. 
and raised me to find work I love. The pots, the potter tells 
us, are fragile, hard to export; often they break in the kiln. 
Before we leave, I ask her a question, which Mark translates: 
What do you like most about your work? 

Todos. She meets my gaze. It is how I make my living. 

I buy two small vases, paying in dollars, receiving my 
change in cordobas. 

In the weeks following our trip, I will feel humbled, 
unsettled, at a loss for words. Excited, too — to try to write 
about the experience and to journey with my students, hav- 
ing been, for a week, after 1 7 years of teaching, a student 
myself. Cross, yes, but cross with caution, I will advise them 
now. Watch for the fault lines, as you travel and as you 
write. Ask questions without presuming you will under- 


Alone in my room for the first few evenings, 

I write pages about the day's encounters. By our third 

day, I am writing less at night, and my daytime notes grow 

more fragmented and illegible. Where is the story? There 

are too many, and I know too little to tell even one. 

cough. Back inside, she shows us, with a girl helper, how to 
etch designs into the pottery. The tools are improvised — a 
bit of hacksaw blade, a shoehorn, shoe polish for shine — 
the designs elegant, precise. On the girl's T-shirt is a faded 
American flag. After they finish, we ask questions. The 
potter's parents were potters, her grandparents too. Her 
children (12, we learn later from our guide; she is a widow 
recently remarried) are all learning the craft. Some, she says, 
are more interested than others. Each helps. 

As I stand there, I am moved to wonder, but will not ask: 
Is this where they are, where they will stay, or a stepping- 
stone to somewhere else, and are they happy; and is hap- 
piness a full-enough stomach, or a shape rising up beneath 
your hands, or constitutional (as in, born that way, as in 
lite, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)? Or is it not part 

stand the answers. Try to read the signs, but expect to be 
lost, expect to be a student (no matter your age), which is 
to say that the rainbow you paint on the orphanage wall 
is unlikely to change an orphan's life, but it may (or may 
not) change yours. Which is to say that I took notes during 
my trip to Nicaragua; I took photographs, and asked, and 
listened, even imagined (if I were her, if she were me), but I 
will not, dare not, write a short story in the voice of a poor 
Nicaraguan potter — not now, probably not ever. 

Still, cross, I will tell them. Go. Take notes. And then 
come back and share your halting words, m 

Elizabeth Graver is a professor of English at Boston College. Her novels 
The Honey Thief (1999) and Unravelling (1997) were named "notable 
books of the year" by the New York Times Book Review. Her novel 
Awake was published in 2004. 

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Bloom 's way 

Guided by Professor Joseph Nugent, successive classes of student are building 
a potentially never ending, virtual tour of Joyces Dublin 


Ulysses class, the windows in Carney 206 glimmering with autumn's first full 
moon. Chairs have been drawn into a horseshoe, and students bend to their books 
as they ponder episode three, the Proteus chapter, Stephen Dedalus musing as 
he wanders Sandymount Strand beside Dublin Bay. Stalking round an island of 
unclaimed desks at the center of the room, Nugent intones the opening lines, his eyes 
darting up from the page as he purrs in a soft, sure, Mullingar brogue: 

Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. 
Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that 
rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he 
adds: in bodies. Then he was aware of them bodies before of them coloured. How? By 
knocking his sconce against them, sure. Go easy. Bald he was and a millionaire, maestro 
di color chesanno. Limit of the diaphane in. Why in? Diaphane, adiaphane. If you can put 
your five fingers through it it is a gate, if not a door. Shut your eyes and see. 

The challenges James Joyce's 1922 novel sets for students are formidable: 
A congeries of obscure allusion and illusion, virtuoso wordplay, and shifts in 
point of view, the novel is a jumble of images and sensuous details, a web of 
voices, a map in shards and fragments. As the windows darken, Nugent, an 
assistant professor in the English department, and his students puzzle through 

opposite: Toolkit for Walking Ulysses. Users who click on the walking figure at the top right corner of the 
electronic map see the pop-up on the next page. 

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the sound and sense entangled in this paragraph: Whose 
voice is speaking here? Is there a narrator? Is Stephen 
Dedalus in dialogue with himself — and if so, is that some- 
thing that really happens in the brain? A student remarks 
on the remarkable sounds of Ulysses; Nugent gives a stac- 
cato nod. "Later, Stephen says, 'sounds are impostures,'" he 
observes. "There's Joyce at play again, changing the word, 
using what's actually an older version of the word 'impos- 
tors' that points to changing shapes. We're with Proteus, 
after all." 

Joyce believed that in Ulysses he had furnished a picture 
of Dublin "so complete," as he told a friend, "that if the 
city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could 
be reconstructed out of my book." In recent years, Nugent 
and his students have, in a sense, been proving him right, 
using digital mapping and imaging, archival photographic 
research, and their own camera work to compile an elec- 
tronic guide through the novel and through Dublin in 1 904, 
the year in which the novel takes place. Nugent calls the 
project "Walking Ulysses." The goal is to produce at once a 
map and a catalogue of Joycean detail — to make it possible 
for an individual to step out onto the streets of 21st-century 
Dublin with a laptop or smart phone and follow the skein of 
ways, the lattice of coincidences and synchronicities, raveled 
by Joyce's characters. 

Nugent and his students are hardly the first to embrace 
the cartographic dimension of Ulysses. Vladimir Nabokov, 
preparing a lecture on the novel for his Cornell University 
students, populated his notes with maps and diagrams. And 
students of Joyce regularly make use of scholarly gazetteers, 
such as Ian Gunn and Clive Hart's James Joyce's Dublin. 
Tourists in Joyce's city today may choose from a tidy selec- 
tion of guidebooks, folded maps, and videos (The Ulysses 
Tour: The Boozers, the Brothels, the Black Stuff, & Much More, 
for one example); the city's building facades are festooned 
with plaques marking significant Joycean locales; and photo 
tours are available online. Walking Ulysses promises both 
accessibility and a commitment to academic rigor, with 
students as the primary producers of scholarship. It is being 
created on a digital platform that will support innumerable 
layers of detail — with sound, images, and text. And it will be 
shared with the world. 


the Irish language and whose scholarship has dwelled prin- 
cipally in the early decades of 20th-century Ireland, technol- 
ogy is no panacea for Ulysses's infamous difficulties. "I love 
the look on their faces," he says, when students collide with 
the text on the first day of class, "the shock of it." Sitting in 

This pop-up gloss, set at Lower Erne and Hanover streets, elaborates on 
a child's "battered caskhoop." 

his office, the sun streaming through the milky, peaked sky- 
light at the top of Connolly House, the stately mansion that 
is the home of Irish studies at Boston College, he continues, 
"I tell them, 'start reading.' . . . The only way is to dive into 
the text." "But it's not a book to read quickly," he advises. 
"Or to read alone." More than 700 pages in the original edi- 
tion, Ulysses famously recounts the events of a single day — 
June 16, 1904 — in the lives of several residents of Dublin: 
chiefly, the lewd and sensitive, aggrieved and self-effacing 
Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged man of Hungarian-Jewish 
origin; Stephen Dedalus, a young man of literary tempera- 
ment; and Leopold's wife, the vulgar, sensuous singer Molly 
Bloom. Leopold Bloom spends the day wandering the 
streets of Dublin while contemplating Molly's seemingly 
imminent infidelity. 

Superficially, Ulysses is structured according to the epi- 
sodes of Homer's Odyssey. Joyce overlaid Bloom's urban per- 
egrinations upon the wanderings of the legendary Ithacan, 
dividing the work into three parts: the first patterned on the 
search of Ulysses' son Tejemachus (in the person of Stephen 
Dedalus) for his father; the second, and by far longest, sec- 
tion devoted to the Odyssey proper, with Leopold Bloom 
as a sad-sack Ulysses (Odysseus, in Homer's Greek telling); 
and the third section referring to the story of Ulysses's wife 
and her suitors, with the contested Molly Bloom in place of 
fair Penelope. In boiling Ulysses' 10 years of wandering to a 
single day, Joyce seems to be saying that in the odd, anony- 

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epics and argosies of thought and feeling. 

Like Joyce's subsequent, 1939 novel, Finnegans Wake 
(through which Nugent has been leading an informal study 
group since 2006, at the rate of some 20 pages a year), 
Ulysses repays group reading. It's a curious aspect of Joyce's 
writing, this quality that lends itself to collective, even con- 
gregational experience. Other critics have remarked upon 
it; in the 2009 book Ulysses and Us, University College of 
Dublin scholar Declan Kiberd observes that "most people 
who study [this novel] tend, like reforming alcoholics, to 
join groups in which to share and discuss its challenges." 

As the critic Hugh Kenner, in The Mechanic Muse (1986), 
points out, "No other body of fiction so resembles a city in 
necessitating such guides and such watchmen. Nor does any 
other body of fiction so resemble a city in containing such 
holes into which the naive may fall, or such loose stones 
over which they may stumble." Ironically, even Joyce needed 
a guidebook: Writing from self-imposed exile in Trieste, he 
relied on Thorn's Dublin Directory, a popular catalogue of 
the city's business establishments, to augment his imperfect 
memorv of his hometown. 


Joyce's imprint of the cacophonous Ulysses upon the 
map of Dublin has led many to call the novel a palimp- 
sest — the medieval scribe's term for a manuscript leaf with 
writing laid down over an earlier, imperfectly rubbed-out 
text. It's the palimpsestic nature of Ulysses — and the many 
holes into which an unsuspecting reader might fall — that 
led Nugent toward Walking Ulysses, in autumn 2008. As 
a scholar, Nugent was interested in how the literatures of 
different cultures, particularly works by Irish and British 
authors, manifest varied responses to sensory experience. 
Ulysses, Nugent knew, comprises a rich palette of sensory 
detail — Joyce, whose eyesight was famously poor, fairly 
reveled in precisely modulated descriptions of sounds and 
smells. Dividing the 30 students in his Ulysses class into 
teams, Nugent set them to cataloguing foods, sounds, and 
aromas occurring throughout the novel. Smell by smell, 
sound by sound, the students began to assemble a database 
to help them discern themes, rhythms, and structures; they 
researched their entries and gathered their discoveries in 
wikis (collectively edited electronic texts). And they began 
adding their data to a Google map of Dublin. 

"I think that the perception at the very beginning of 
the project was just that this sort of application was cool," 
Andrew Donnelly TO, recalls. "It became clear to me, though 
. . . that mapping any novel [requires] the reader to engage in 
the work critically." Nugent's research assistant at the begin- 
ning of the project, Donnelly spent the spring semester of 
his junior year in Dublin, walking the novel's routes, taking 
photographs of locations, and checking the accuracy of the 
Walking Ulysses topography. "When I returned to BC for 

Joyce believed that in 
Ulysses he had furnished 
a picture of Dublin 'so 
complete/ as lie told 
a friend, 'that if the city 
one day suddenly disap- 
peared from the earth 
it could be reconstructed 
out of mv book.' 

the following year, I worked under Professor Nugent on an 
undergraduate thesis on James Joyce, which is a testament to 
how this project got me invested in Joyce's work," he writes 
in an e-mail from southeast Arkansas. He adds, "I'm teach- 
ing ninth-grade English [with Teach for America], and my 
students will be reading The Odyssey in January — they will 
definitely be doing some mapping." 

Joyce would have loved Google Maps. Nugent's students, 
however, quickly outstripped the modest possibilities of 
the free application. With support from the University's 
Academic Technology Innovation Grant program, Nugent 
turned to Boston College's Office of Instructional Design 
and eTeaching Services. An interactive, searchable website 
was developed featuring a Dublin historical map superim- 
posed upon a Google map (users following a chapter's route 
can toggle between the two). To make possible a more com- 
plex presentation, the students have moved beyond wikis 
to Mediakron, a web-based platform designed at Boston 
College to organize instructional materials and accommo- 
date multimedia. 

The crucial ingredient in Walking Ulysses remains the 
mapping. Ulysses, after all, abounds in streets and addresses, 
both public places and private quarters. By overlaying the 
novel's details on Dublin's irregular grid. Walking Ulysses 
projects a palpable sense of Joyce's plan. And indeed, as 
Nugent's students began locating their glosses on the map, 
they discovered for themselves what scholars have noted 
before them: In chapter five. Bloom's seemingly aimless 
wandering forms an image — a question mark. 

"The map definitely got into your head after a while," 
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assistant during the summer of 2009 and joined the Ulysses 
class that fall. In an e-mail sent from Turkey, where he is 
teaching English, he describes the intensity of the mapping 
experience. "If a character mentioned church bells, you had 
to find the church. ... If they saw pork in a store window, 
you had to find out which stores sold pork." He writes of 
"going off on a tangent to define whether or not Bloom 
would have been in shadow at a particular moment in the 
text . . . trying to relate it back to a line about shadows and 
history. Professor Nugent stopped me and asked, 'Do you 
really think Joyce wrote with that degree of persnickety- 
ness?' At that point," Thorne writes, "I realized that it didn't 
matter what Joyce had meant, and I responded, 'I know that 
I'm reading it with that degree of persnicketyness.'" 

Though Nugent's students have worked on glosses 
throughout the novel, the section that has received the 
most attention, and that stands as a prototype of what 
Nugent hope to achieve with his classes, is the fifth episode 
(the "Lotus Eaters" chapter, according to the Odyssean 
overlay). Not long after Leopold Bloom is introduced, 
he leaves his home at 7 Eccles and begins his ramble. 
Walking Ulysses opens its treatment of the chapter with a 
brief summary, then traces Bloom's path through 26 way- 

points, from Leask's the Linseed Crusher to the church on 
Westland Row where Bloom observes a priest murmuring 
Latin phrases of the Mass into a communicant's ear. At 
each waypoint, Walking Ulysses offers a snippet of the text 
and a brief explanation of its animating detail. Thus when 
Joyce describes a girl in Lower Erne Street "with scars of 
eczema on her forehead . . . listlessly holding her battered 
caskhoop," Walking Ulysses offers, at the waypoint on Erne 
Street, an early 20th-century image of a child playing with a 
hoop, and the following explanation: 

The caskhoop presumably refers to the children's game of 
hoop and stick (also called, "hoop rolling"), in which a child 
uses a stick to roll a thin hoop. The game would still have 
been played by Irish children in 1904, although it can be 
found on Greek vases dating back to 500 b.c.e. No doubt a 
cask hoop from a Guinness barrel would have served nicely 
for this purpose. 

Most entries also feature an audio file in which Nugent 
recites the relevant text from the novel. Glosses to the novel 
draw from medical journals and songs, the 1900 Black's 
Guide to Ireland, cookbooks, the Oxford English Dictionary, 
and notes from the authoritative annotated edition of Ulysses 
by Don Gifford, to name a few sources. The site, a work in 
progress, may be visited at According to 
Nugent, three-quarters of the "Lotus Eaters" episode is 
mapped and glossed with quotes, audio, and material from 
outside sources; all of the other chapters have been mapped, 
the movements of the characters traced in full. Because 
Walking Ulysses is web-based, it can be accessed through 
the browser of any smart phone. Nugent envisions develop- 
ment of a dedicated iPhone application, as a way to generate 
revenue for site maintenance and other costs of the project. 

This year, Nugent is inviting his students to take part in 
a broader exploration of Ulysses, in which they will draw on 
the growing array of online historical and cultural resources 
to bring Leopold Bloom's world to life in and through the 
text, a project described ambitiously by Andrew Kuhn, a 
Ph.D. candidate and research assistant, as "mapping the 
minds" of Dubliners. Nugent envisions an electronic edition 
of Ulysses (the novel is due to go out of copyright in 201 2), 
with text and images from Ulysses-era Dublin — advertise- 
ments, magazine illustrations and articles, street signs — for 
the curious reader to click on and explore. 

"It's exciting to reimagine the book," says Kuhn, sitting in 
a cozy library in Connolly House two floors below Nugent's 
office. Kuhn's scholarly interest is Irish print culture in the 
early 20th century. "The e-books that are emerging in com- 
mercial publishing . . . emulate a narrow conception of what 
the book can be," he says. A committed reader of Ulysses 

Dublin Castle's entrance, pre-1922 and at present. In the "Wandering 
Rocks" episode, the king's representative passed by around 3:00 p.m. 

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Bloom would have seen the 1882 monument to Daniel O'Connell, the "Liberator," on O'Connell Street at around noon, en route to his office at the 
Freeman's Journal on North Prince Street, which is just this side of the General Post Office, the grand building at far left. 

needs a lot of tools. It's a book that encourages "radial read- 
ing," Kuhn observes, referring to critic Jerome McGann's 
term for texts that send you not only to other texts, but to 
other places. That notion is the key not only to the difficulty 
of Ulysses, but also to its appeal. 


where, aided by a University Teaching and Mentoring 
Grant, he spent the summer researching early 20th-century 
photographs of the city in the National Archives and taking 
pictures on his own of settings noted in Ulysses. With help 
from his students, he's superimposing the images of latter- 
day Dublin onto black-and-whites of Leopold Bloom's city. 
The resulting montages, some of which will be available 
through Walking Ulysses, furnish another perspective on 
the Joycean palimpsest through which, in the depiction 
or a single day, the history of the city and its denizens bil- 
lows up from the text. By asking his students to work with 
images, search audio files, and plumb texts from a variety of 

secondary sources, Nugent says he is immersing his students 
not in rote learning, but in the production of knowledge, the 
heart of scholarly enterprise. 

They're also learning to cherish a novel that Nugent avers 
has a profound understanding to impart. "Joyce's niece told 
him that her mother said his book was too dirty to read," 
Nugent relates. "And Joyce said to her, if my book is too 
dirty to read, then life is too dirty to live." 

Nugent points to a stack of copies of Ulysses in his office 
with green oval "used" stickers on their spines. "This is 
what we're used to seeing in the classroom," he says. "But 
I checked at the bookstore after last term, and learned that 
only one of the 31 copies my students bought had been 
returned." ■ 

Formerly a rare books librarian at Harvard University, Matthew Battles 
is the author of Library: An Unquiet History (2003). 

View a video introduction to Walking Ulysses and link to the 
Walking Ulysses website at Full Story, 

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36 Rate of change 

In Los Angeles, a face-off after 
Vatican II 

39 The odd couple? 

Economics and theology— an 
interfaith conversation 

Rate of change 

By Mark Massa, SJ 

In Los Angeles, a face-off after Vatican II 

Los Angeles Times published a story 
about a general chapter meeting of the 
Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters — the 
"IHMs" to those who inhabit the Catholic 
universe — a 1 1 9-year-old teaching order 
of 560 religious women known for foster- 
ing excellence in the diocesan schools. The 
IHMs' superior, the Reverend Mother 
Mary Humiliata Caspary, explained to the 
paper's reporter that the order, in response 
to the directives of Vatican II, had voted to 
begin a several-years-long process of alter- 
ing its rules and lifestyle, so that it could 
become "more open to the world . . . more 
responsive and involved in it." 

Among the changes were several that 
would quickly elicit the ire of the staunchly 
traditional archbishop of Los Angeles, 
Cardinal James Francis Mclntyre, and of 
pastors whose parish schools were staffed 
by the sisters. For example, any IHM nun 

who felt called to work outside the class- 
room would be allowed to choose a new 
career. As Mother Caspary explained: 

"We won't abandon our traditional 
works, but we also say that diversity 
in works is not to be discouraged, but 

encouraged If one of our sisters has a 

special talent or interest, we will encour- 
age her to pursue it. She might be a com- 
mercial artist, or a newspaper woman, or 
a musician, or almost anything else." 

Moreover, the sisters would henceforth 
have "options" as to their dress: They 
could wear traditional veils that covered 
their hair, or abbreviated veils, or no veils 
at all. They could choose to retain their 
traditional ankle-length habit, wear a 
modified (knee-length) version, or dress 
simply and modestly in street clothes. 
They would also have an opportunity to 
return to their given, family names and 



left: Caspary, before Vatican II. right: Mclntyre, in 1964 

to shed the "names in religion" bestowed 
with their vows. 

The structure of the order was about to 
change, too. In place of past regimentation, 
under which "each convent had a superior 
who was in charge and community prayers 
were set out in detail by the order's consti- 
tution," said Caspary, "members of each 
local convent will decide what kind of 
government they want." Mother Caspary 
was quoted in the article as observing that 
the reforms being undertaken were "more 
profound than any thus far announced by 
any American religious society of Catholic 
women." Another sister called them a 
"major breakthrough" for U.S. nuns. 

Like many other orders of sisters, the 
IHMs had embraced the call of Vatican 
II to rediscover the "original inspira- 
tion" of their founding. It would turn out, 
however, that such founding visions were 
often more radical than early 20th-century 

entrenched tradition would admit. At the 
IHMs' establishment in Spain in 1848 (the 
order was started by a diocesan priest), 
the sisters had focused their energies on 
apostolic service at the edges of society. 
They were an order called to work in 
the world, among people who otherwise 
might not hear the Word preached; their 
clothing was intended to mark them as 
members of the working poor, not a caste 
apart. Their modern role, as teachers in 
middle-class parochial schools, had come 
about accidentally, out of a need to make 
ends meet when members of the order 
arrived in California in the 1870s. For the 
IHMs, renewal as mandated by the Second 
Vatican Council's 1965 "Decree on the 
Adaptation and Renewal of Religious 
Life" (Perfectae Caritatis) meant forsak- 
ing unquestioning obedience to Church 
officials and shouldering responsibility for 
their mission and identity. 


to cast the confrontation that followed in 
Los Angeles as a battle between liberal sis- 
ters and a conservative hierarchy, personi- 
fied by the 81 -year-old Cardinal Mclntyre, 
an administrator respected for his busi- 
ness acuity. The cardinal's dismissive 
attitude toward anyone who would change 
what he took to be changeless truths ot 
the Catholicism he'd learned in semi- 
nary was legendary. At Vatican II he had 
opposed switching from the Latin Mass 
to the vernacular: The move gave exces- 
sive deference to people whose "intel- 
lectual capacity was not great," he said, 
and "active participation [by the laity] was 
frequently a distraction." But, in fact, the 
process of change envisioned by the IHM 
general chapter was rooted in the words of 
the hierarchical Church itself. The norms 
for implementing Perfectae Caritatis issued 
by Pope Paul VI a year after the close of 

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Vatican II pointedly encouraged commu- 
nities of religious women to experiment 
with dress, lifestyle, and apostolic work. 

Local Church officials immediately 
recognized the institutional threat posed 
by the order's decisions. The network of 
Catholic elementary and high schools 
was a jewel in the crown of what was in 
Los Angeles a Catholic empire, includ- 
ing hospitals, a conference center, and 
Immaculate Heart College (now closed), 
all substantially staffed by nuns. Mother 
Caspary's vision of a "diversity of works," 
if allowed to prevail, promised institu- 
tional turmoil. 

On October 16, two days before the 
news broke in the Los Angeles Times and 
two days after the general chapter had 
reached its decisions, the five members 
of the order's general council (Caspary 
included) were called to the cardinal's 
chancery. As Caspary later set the scene, 
the sisters were "praying silently as we 
ascended the marble staircase to the con- 
ference room . . . prepared to meet the 
criticism that was inevitable." Mclntyre, 
she reported, professed to be "shocked" 
and angered at the possibility that the sis- 
ters might actually teach in "street clothes" 
the following September. He declared that 
he would not allow any IHM sister who 
was not wearing a religious habit into a 
classroom, and further announced that 
the Immaculate Heart Sisters would not 
be teaching in any archdiocesan school the 
following fall. 

On October 24, the superintendent 
of the archdiocesan school system, 
Monsignor Donald Montrose, forwarded 
to the sisters a letter from the cardinal: 

It would appear that the action of the 
chapter presents to the archdiocese of 
Los Angeles an ultimatum that does not 
even admit of discussion or negotiation. 
This ultimatum, with its elements, is 
not acceptable to the archdiocese of Los 
Angeles and its ordinary [Mclntyre]. 
Consequently, there is no alternative 
than to accept the threat of the commu- 
nity that they withdraw from the teach- 
ing staffs of our parochial schools in the 

The IHMs were stunned by the arch- 
diocese's reading of their announcement 
as a "threat" and stated to reporters that 

the entire matter had been referred to the 
pope's representative in the United States, 
the apostolic delegate Archbishop Luigi 
Raimondi. Officially, this was a correct 
canonical action; the IHMs were a pontifi- 
cal order answerable to Rome and not to 
the local archbishop. But involving the 
apostolic delegate immediately intensified 
both the animosity and newsworthiness 
surrounding the issues. 

Support for the sisters spread quickly 
and widely. The February 3, 1968, issue 
of Ave Maria, a popular Catholic maga- 
zine, carried a letter signed by 1 3 Jesuit 
seminary professors praising the reforms 
undertaken by the IHMs. The Jesuits, all 
professors at Alma College in Los Gatos, 
California, described the experiments 
envisioned by the sisters as "a splendid 
response to the call for renewal and adap- 
tation of religious life." 

By March 8, 1968, the fracas between 
the sisters and the cardinal had reached 
a peak. That day, Los Angeles TV sta- 
tion KNBC reported that the IHMs were 
prepared to resign all of their diocesan 
teaching positions rather than agree to 
Cardinal Mclntyre's demands that they 
adopt a habit, maintain some form of 
common daily prayer, and affirm their 
apostolic commitments within the archdi- 
ocese. Four days later the New York Times 
wrote that the order would appeal its case 
directly to Pope Paul VI. Finally, on April 
16, the Vatican's Sacred Congregation 
of Religious and Secular Institutes, the 
Roman office assigned to deal with groups 
of religious women, appointed a four- 
member committee of American bishops 
to investigate the affair and make recom- 

Only later would it be revealed that 
more than a month before the naming of 
this committee, the sisters had received 
a (secret) responsum from the Sacred 
Congregation. The ruling was a reply 
to Cardinal Mclntyre's separate appeal 
to Rome regarding the controversy and 
represented what the National Catholic 
Reporter termed a "crushing defeat for 
the sisters." The Roman congregation 
decreed that the sisters must comply with 
Mclntyre's demands and, most impor- 
tant for shaping subsequent events, that 
even though the IHMs were subject to 
the Sacred Congregation for Religious in 

Rome, they were nonetheless answerable 
to the archbishop of Los Angeles. 

' The press reported on March 20 that a 
majority of the order had decided to "put 
off compliance" with the directive from 
Rome. This position was immediately 
supported by a national write-in campaign 
in which some 3,000 women religious 
as well as assorted Protestant denomina- 
tional leaders and Catholic political figures 
sent their signatures to Rome, backing the 

An extraordinarily public standoff 
now existed among the IHMs, Cardinal 
Mclntyre, and the Roman Congregation 
of Religious. It was Denver's Archbishop 
James Casey, the head of the investigat- 
ing committee appointed by Rome, who 
announced a resolution. In the estimation 
of the committee, he said, the order already 
constituted two separate communities: a 
large progressive faction that would fol- 
low the lead of Mother Caspary; and a 
smaller (and generationally older) faction 
that wanted to maintain the traditional 
lifestyle and diocesan apostolic commit- 
ments. Thus the investigating committee, 
in Solomonic style, recommended that 
the IHMs themselves choose their course. 
Cardinal Mclntyre and his school super- 
intendent would inherit the "no-nos" (as 
the press dubbed the conservative sisters), 
and the progressive "go-gos" would have 
the right to determine their own future. 
Roman authority, diocesan institutional 
needs, and American democratic ideals 
were thus all (more or less) affirmed. 

About 50 sisters voted against the 
reforms planned by the general chapter 
and united under the leadership of Sr. 
Eileen MacDonald. These nuns, retain- 
ing the original name of the order — the 
California Institute of the Sisters of 
the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart 
of Mary — adopted modified habits, 
retained common prayer as the organiz- 
ing principle of their day, and committed 
themselves to teaching in nine parochial 
schools in the archdiocese. 

Close to 150 members of IHM chose 
to leave religious life altogether. The 
remaining 350 or so sisters formed the 
Immaculate Heart Community, under the 
leadership of Mother (now Ms. Anita) 
Caspary. In 1970, they became the single 
largest group of religious women in the 




history of the American Catholic Church 
to become exclaustrated. that is, formally 
released from their vows by the Vatican. 
Though not strictly a religious order 
according to the Church's canon law, this 
new group — an intentional community of 
lay women (and, more recently, men)— 
nonetheless maintains an identity focused 
on apostolic work in the world. The com- 
munity retained the right to administer 
Immaculate Heart College (which closed 
in 1981, strapped financially). Queen of 
the Valley Hospital (now subsumed under 
Citrus Valley Health Partners), and the 
order's retreat center overlooking the 
Pacific near Santa Barbara. 

The treatment thus accorded the 
Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters by their 
bishop and subsequently by officials in 
Rome might stand as a powerful symbol 
for other individuals and groups in the 
Church who interpreted the signs of the 
times too radically and found themselves 
in ecclesiastical hot water for attempt- 
ing to do precisely what they thought the 

The odd 

By Maureen Dezell 

Church wanted. The IHMs (and many 
other orders) believed that the force guid- 
ing them was the Holy Spirit. Their story 
offers a dramatic instance of the unin- 
tended conflict generated by Church offi- 
cials who call for reform but believe that it 
can be accomplished without controversy 
and without changing Church structures. 
Whatever the intentions of the bishops 
of the Second Vatican Council — and that 
debate is a heated one — it is clear that 
historical events have a life of their own. 
Even ecumenical councils cannot control 
them. That is part of the messiness of 
history. Believers get no exemption from 
historical messiness. ■ 

Mark AAassa, SJ, is dean of the Schoo! of 
Theology and Ministry at Boston College. 
His essay is drawn and adapted by permis- 
sion from his book The American Catholic 
Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the 
Church Forever (copyright © 2010 by Oxford 
University Press). The book may be ordered 
at a discount from the Boston College Book- 
store via 

Economics and theology — an interfaith conversation 



_l_ ment between those who know God 
and those who know Mammon proved 
to be no more amenable to a solution at 
Boston College in early October than 
it was during the days of the Hebrew 
prophets. Theologian Paul Knitter set the 
stage for a renewal of that discussion at 
the University's third annual Symposium 
on Interreligious Dialogue, with a lecture 
that cast the nominal heirs of Adam Smith 
("profits") and leaders of the world reli- 
gions ("prophets") in sharp relief. 

The Paul Tillich Professor at Union 
Theological Seminary, Knitter character- 

ized the free market economy as "a reli- 
gion in dire need of dialogue with other 
religions," when he spoke to a crowd of 
close to 300 Boston College students, 
faculty, and visitors in the Heights Room 
during the opening of the October 7-9 
weekend meeting, which was sponsored 
by the theology department, the Church in 
the 21st Century Center, and the School 
of Theology and Ministry. 

Affable and avuncular, Knitter, who is 
known for his studies of religious plural- 
ism and interfaith dialogue (including his 
influential 1985 book No Other Name? 
A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes 

Toward the World Religions), delivered a 
broadside against unfettered free market 
capitalism — for creating a world in which 
"the starved live and die alongside the 
stuffed" and "islands of opulence exist in 
oceans of poverty," he said. He then called 
for more frequent and expansive conver- 
sation among economists and theologians 
interested in economic development. 

"I speak to you as a Christian theo- 
logian" who hasn't formally studied 
economics, acknowledged Knitter. He 
dispensed with the notion that only econo- 
mists and business leaders are qualified to 
analyze and criticize the economy, com- 
paring it to "the claim that you have to be a 
pope or bishop to know what the Catholic 
Church really believes." 

"My description of 'the state of the 
economy' consists of what I think are 
three 'undeniables': the suffering billions, 
the endangered planet, and the handi- 
capped invisible hand," said Knitter, con- 
cluding, "justice is not being served." 

Knitter underscored his points with 
quotes from left-of-center economists 
(Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz), 
the late historian Tony Judt, and lib- 
eration theologist Frei Betto, OP. He 
showed graphs taken from bioethicist 
Peter Singer's 2002 book One World: 
The Ethics of Globalization and from 
economist Jagdish Bhagwati's In Defense 
of Globalization (2004) illustrating strong, 
country-by-country correlations between 
economic inequality and mental illness, 
social immobility, and poor health. "If 
one of the central purposes of any market 
system is to organize and facilitate the 
production and exchange of goods and 
services so that the basic human needs 
of all can be met and general well-being 
fostered," he posited, "our present free 
market economy isn't measuring up to its 
self-assigned task." 

He said he believes each of the major 
world religions seeks to balance "self- 
interest" with "other-interest," striving, 
along different paths, toward the ideal of 
economic democracy. 

"For the religious offspring of 
Abraham — Jews, Christians, Muslims — 
'to know God is to do justice,'" Knitter 
said, quoting Jeremiah. In the monotheis- 
tic traditions, justice "must be embodied 
in the structures, laws, and practices of the 



state and the marketplace," while in Indie 
traditions, inner peace and compassion 
lead to justice and "economic flourishing," 
according to Knitter. "For the religions 
that were conceived and nourished in 
China — Taoism and Confucianism — a 
society and economy will flourish and do 
well only if they recognize incorrigible 
differences, and then seek to keep those 
differences in a balancing relationship," he 

For Knitter, the question to consider is 
not if but to what extent the world's free 
market economy has failed. "Whether 
we believe that the invisible hand has 
been amputated and must be replaced, or 
broken and can be fixed, or handicapped 
and in need of external help," he said, "I 
trust that we can all agree that our present 
economic system, within this country and 
around the globe, is in clear and profound 
need of reform." 

economics," Aker added, eliciting some 
chuckles in the room. 

Kaboski was less deferential. He dis- 
missed Knitter's assertion that modern 
economics is a religion, saying it reflected 
"a prejudice of discipline." Unfortunately, 
Kaboski said, "Paul's [presentation] con- 
veys little understanding of economics, 
economic language, [and], most impor- 
tantly, what economists do." He contin- 
ued, "Economists don't spend their time 
reading Adam Smith. . . . It's sort of a little 
secret that a lot of economists have never 
read The Wealth of Nations. The 'invisible 
hand' doesn't play a role in our thinking. 

"Most of us are neither ideologues nor 
social theorists," Kaboski said. "Our field 
is very mathematical. . . . We collect and 
analyze data, write down and test models, 
we measure the impact of policies. That's 
what we do." 

Kaboski said he welcomed dialogue 
about free markets and religion. "Without 
religion," he said, "we cannot answer the 
two big questions: 'What is a good life, and 
what is a good society?' 

"There isn't an economist in the world 
that would ever state that low wages or 
high unemployment are a goal," Kaboski 
noted. "I'm a University of Chicago- 
trained economist, and I don't know a sin- 
gle person pro financial crisis, pro global 
warming, or pro poverty." Nevertheless, 
he added, "What a horrible world it would 
be if we asked economists to give us our 
moral principles and asked theologians [to 
offer] ways of attaining them." m 

View the panel discussion "Profits 
and Prophets: Economic Development 
and Interreligious Dialogue" at Full 


dents to Knitter's plenary, Tufts University 
economist fenny Aker and Joseph Kaboski, 
the Seng Foundation Associate Professor 
of Economics at the University of Notre 
Dame, shared the theologian's sense 
of alarm and urgency about the world 
economy. And both pushed back, politely 
but unequivocally, against his characteriza- 
tions of free market economics — not to 
mention economists themselves. 

"The free market has not failed as a 
religion because it has never pretended 
to solve economic inequality," said Aker, 
a development economist who worked 
in Africa with Catholic Relief Services. 
She pointed to the distinction between^ 
economic efficiency, "which emphasizes 
the size of the economic pie" and equality, 
"which emphasizes how you divide the 

"Free markets aren't always bad and 
interventionist markets aren't always 
good," said Aker. "It really depends upon 
the country, the context, and the causes of 
economic inequality." Redistributing land 
in one context might make sense; she said 
by way of example. "In others, it might be 

"I'm going to make an argument here 
that if we are going to have an interreli- 
gious dialogue about economic develop- 
ment, we have to be a bit agnostic about 

Core curriculum 

Excerpt from The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A Conversa- 
tion at Boston College (2010), published by the Church in 
the 21st Century Center: 

For the Catholic intellectual tradition to achieve the 
wholeness to which it has aspired for two millennia, it 
must be engaged in the search for truth in every dis- 
cipline and with all forms of belief and unbelief. It is a 
living tradition, not static traditionalism, which draws 
from the riches of the past to give life to the future. 

The Catholic intellectual tradition and the contem- 
porary university share two underlying convictions: 
that to be human is to desire to discover truth, and 
that the quest for truth is sparked by the expecta- 
tion that the universe is intelligible. In the Catholic 

view, these convictions arise from belief in the union of the divine and human in 
Jesus Christ and the unity of all things in God. From this theological perspective, the 
Catholic intellectual tradition is based on two fundamental principles: first, that the 
search for truth in all aspects of life extends to the ultimate search for truth that 
animates faith; and, second, that faith is a catalyst for inquiry, as faith seeks to un- 
derstand itself and its relationship to every dimension of life. Thus, the most prob- 
ing questions in every discipline are never deemed to be in opposition to faith but 
are welcomed into the conversation on the conviction that ongoing discovery of the 
intelligibility of the universe will reveal more of the truth about God. The Catholic 
intellectual tradition can thrive only with the participation of all who seek the truth, 
including those whose inquiry leads them to question whether the search reveals 
purpose, meaning, or God, or to conclude that it does not. 

The full 10-page booklet may be viewed online at Complimentary 
print copies may be requested by e-mailing 


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42 We the people 

The Shanghai fortune tellers' 

43 Riddle 

A poem 

44 Taste test 

For the connoisseur who says, 'My 
kid could have painted that' 

45 The slave trade 

From The Diary of Antera Duke 





Flann O'Brien (1911-66) is one of 59 Irish writers whose visages are featured in the 
AAcMullen's fall exhibition, Literary Lives: Portraits from the Crawford Art Gallery and 
the Abbey Theatre, Ireland, a gathering of paintings, photographs, and busts by Irish 
artists. This 1957 acrylic work is by Micheal 6 Nuallain, O'Brien's brother, and is, 
in the words of the show's curators, a "testament to the fondness the artist bore for 
an older brother he admired and in whose shadow he remained." O'Brien was a 
novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds) and journalist (for the Irish Times— note the newspaper 
in his pocket). He was also, as his dress suggests, a member of the civil service. The 
49 3/4 x 37 1/2-inch painting is from the University's Burns Library collections. 



photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

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A Chinese blind fortune teller with staff and drum, circa 1933-46 


By Rebecca Nedostup 

The Shanghai fortyne tellers' manifesto 



_l_ Nationalist rule in China that a campaign against superstition, 
long the subject of government concern, reached its peak. The 
party of Chiang Kai-shek, the Kuomintang (KMT), declared for- 
tune tellers and geomancers (diviners who site houses and tombs 
according to the contours of land and water) to be impediments to 
individual agency, national unity, and the country's material prog- 
ress. As one KMT propagandist wrote: "If only we can rescue the 
masses from the bitter sea of superstition in which so many have 
sunk so deep, then we might regain our lost ability for enterprise 
and dedication to progress and make the Chinese people indepen- 
dent, equal, free, and forever capable of surviving in the world!" 

The government's department of propaganda even ventured 
into popular music to make its point. The 1930 "Superstition 
Smashing Song" was a chanted rhyme, meant to be accompanied 
by wooden clappers. It began: 

This antisuperstition song, what purpose does it serve? 
Because the Chinese folk are more ignorant than wise 
They do not plan or strive, seeking only dependency 
Losing touch with the real, chasing only illusion. 

The song described a scene of old, broken deity statues ("not 
even . . . able to protect themselves") and continued: 

And take a look at the fortune tellers — what great abilities do they 


Nine out of 10 are blind, their viscera already diseased 

If they can't see what's in front of them, how can they see what's 


Never mind that in fortune telling, blindness was held to be 
an asset. The KMT likened the soothsayers, many of whom were 
indeed blind, to a sickness plaguing China. In an effort to suppress 



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photograph: Hedda Morrison Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University. © President & Fellows of Harvard College 

them, the government in 1928 enacted a nationwide ban on divin- 
ers and spirit mediums. 


their own. Many sent petitions to the capital, Nanjing. The most 
curious petition, perhaps, accompanied a neatly printed manifesto 
decorated with the outline of a diviner. The figure was dressed in 
a long gown and imperial-style cap with elongated brims, and car- 
ried a lute on his back. He had a walking stick in one hand, and a 
cymbal in the other, and his face was nearly skeletal, with sunken 
cheeks and blank eyes. The packet was submitted by a group calling 
itself the Shanghai Association of Blind Fortune Tellers. 

Thev were "impoverished little people, crippled and frail," they 
wrote, but the blind diviners of Shanghai apparently knew their 
rights as republican citizens, and they understood politics. By cre- 
ating a nominal gonghui (public association), they allied themselves 
with other professional associations and unions in the city. Soon, 
the Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce was writing the 
Nanjing government on the diviners' behalf, drawing press cover- 
age to their protest. 

The diviners' petition began with the language of the impe- 
rial state ("On bended knee, we beg . . .") but rapidly shifted to 
Nationalist rhetoric, to remind the revolutionary party of its 
obligations: "We humbly note that the Three Principles of the 
People emphasize the people's livelihood above all," they wrote. 
"Furthermore, party ideology has specified that poor people must 
be the first to be helped." 

The fortune tellers noted the lengthy study and hard work 
that went into their trade, pointed out the presence throughout 
the country of "millions of blind fortune tellers," and went on to 
suggest that the year-old regime lacked the resources to support a 
new group of indigents. "Now is the beginning of the construction 
of the party-state," they observed, "and realization of relief for the 
crippled is proceeding none too speedily." The Nationalist govern- 
ment had instilled expectations in its citizenry, and in soothsayers 
no less. 

Persuasive though the blind fortune tellers of Shanghai were, 
the government proved intractable, officially. To be sure, there 
were KMT leaders who sought out diviners (or folk healers or 
purveyors offeng shui), privately. And many practitioners contin- 
ued to ply their trade. But in the government's eyes they remained 


Adam Chau notes the rise in modern-day China of a new term— 
"superstition specialist household," a catchall for the diviners, 
geomancers, spirit-money and paper-offering manufacturers, unli- 
censed Daoist priests, and other ritualists who have emerged as 
part of a religious resurgence since the 1 990s. The term originated 
in state critiques, but, as Chau points out, the practitioners are now 
more or less tolerated by local officials. Through no special effort 
of their own, superstition specialist households are being allowed 
space to operate. 

Perhaps this should come as no surprise — China's social order 
has shifted significantly since the Nanjing Decade. The produc- 
tive, self-actualizing citizen is no longer placed at the forefront. 

Now the earner and consumer is preeminent, and money spent on 
superstition is considered part of a "ritual economy." 

The fortune tellers of the 1920s and 1930s tried to argue 
that they could be part of a productive society. That proposition, 
though it did not fit into the Nationalists' vision of the future, long 
outlasted the Nationalist regime. ■ 

Associate professor Rebecca Nedostup teaches courses on popular 
culture and religion in Chinese society in the history department of 
Boston College. Her essay is drawn and adapted by permission from 
her book Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese 
Modernity, published by the Harvard University Asia Center (copyright 
© 2009 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College). The book 
may be ordered at a discount from the Boston College Bookstore via 


By Andrew Sofer 

Show me your face before you were born. 
What left its trace? Before you were born 

singularity blossomed. Its needle's point 
wove time into space before you were born. 

A mirror hung in the balance and shattered. 

We threw salt just in case, before you were born. 

You lodged in the reeds. Pharaoh's daughter 
knelt in embrace before you, weir-borne. 

Heartbeat's saccade, hoof's capriole 
galloped apace before you were born. 

Sometimes there's God— so quickly, said Blanche. 
Ineffable grace: before you, we're born. 

Child, in sleep you climb ladders of air 
dreams held in place before you were born. 

I, a scribe, write in my father's Cyrillic. 
His was my face before you were born. 

Andrew Sofer is an associate professor of English at Boston 
College. This poem is taken from his forthcoming collection 
Wave, to be published by Main Street Rag this winter. In 
accompanying notes, Sofer writes that the first line is "a 
famous ko'an (Zen riddle)"; that Blanche's line "is from A 
Streetcar Named Desire"; and that "in Hebrew, a sofer is a 
scribe or author." Wave may be ordered at a discount from 
the Boston College Bookstore via 

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Is this painting the work of a child, an animal, or an abstract expressionist? (See author bio for the answer.) 


By Angelina Hawley Dolan, MA' 10 

For the connoisseur who says, 'My kid could have painted that' 

Linsky in 2007, having discovered the British artist's 
work at the Saatchi Online gallery, there was no indication that 
Linsky was a two-year-old — likewise when a collector out of 
Manchester, England, bought one of young Linsky's abstract 
paintings through the site. Freddie's mother, a freelance art critic 
named Estelle Lovatt, had posted the images with straight-faced 
(if at times over-the-top) captions, and presented her son not as a 
child but as an emerging abstract artist. 

"I thought people would figure it out," Lovatt told the Daily 
Mail. "But a collector paid £20 for The Best Loved Elephant. He said 
he liked the flow and energy of the picture." 

When it comes to abstract art, can viewers reliably tell the 
difference between the work of an established artist and that of 
a child? Does it make a difference if the viewer has studied art? 
No research has systematically investigated these questions, but 
a story like Freddie Linsky's is provocative — as is a 1965 French 
study, published in the journal Sciencias de VArt, that recounts how 

paintings made by chimpanzees in a laboratory were sometimes 
mistaken for abstract expressionist works. In the spring of 2009, 
working in Boston College's Arts and Mind Laboratory with pro- 
fessor Ellen Winner, my advisor in the doctoral program in devel- 
opmental psychology, I devised an experiment to look for answers. 
I recruited 40 Boston College undergraduate psychology 
majors with no training in the visual arts and 32 undergraduate art 
students from the Art Institute of Boston (specializing in photog- 
raphy, graphic design, painting, or sculpture) to participate in the 
study, the purposes of which were kept secret from them. With the 
help of three professional artists and five psychology researchers, 
I assembled 30 pairs of abstract paintings. Each pair consisted of a 
work by an established abstract expressionist and a work by a child 
or an animal (chimpanzee, gorilla, monkey, or elephant — all of 
their paintings can appear strikingly similar to those of preschool 
children). The pairs were chosen for their similarities in color, line, 
brush stroke, medium, or some combination of these. The profes- 
sional pieces were by artists working from the 1940s to the 1970s 

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painting: Jack Pezanosky 

and included images bv Mark Rothko, Charles Seliger, Clyfford 
Still, Sam Francis, Hans Hofmann, and Cy Twombly. The pieces 
by children came from online databases of preschool artwork 
in the United States. And the pieces by non-humans came from 
online databases of zoo galleries. 

Pairs were shown to each subject individually, on a laptop 
screen. The images were made as similar in size and resolution as 
possible without creating distortion, and any frames or artist sig- 
natures were digitally removed. Ten of the pairs carried the correct 
attribution labels ("Child," "Monkey," etc., or "Artist"), another 10 
had their labels switched, and 1 were presented with no identifica- 
tion at all. I wanted to find out not only whether people can discern 
professional quality in artwork, but also to what extent they can be 
misled into devaluing the work of an established artist. An influ- 
ential 1931 study published in the American Journal of Psychology 
showed that people value a work of art more when they believe it is 
by a famous artist; but it did not investigate whether viewers would 
dismiss a professional piece if it were branded as amateur. 

In each instance, participants in my study were asked, "Which 
image do you like more?" and "Which image do you think is a bet- 
ter work of art?" 

The results were intriguing. To begin with, on the question of 
superior quality, both groups of students selected pieces by the 
abstract expressionists well more than 50 percent of the time. On 
the question of personal preference, however, art students liked 
the professional works significantly more often than did the psy- 

chology students. But the non-art students, even if they "liked" the 
child or animal art more, were still able to judge the professional 
work as "better." 

Perhaps the most interesting results had to do with the role of 
labels in shaping students' views. The art students were immune 
to the influence of labels, which had no measurable effect on then- 
choices. The non-art students, too, were unswayed by labels in 
choosing their personal preferences. But labels did influence the 
non-artists' judgments of quality, at least in one direction. In the 
absence of labels, the psychology students judged the professional 
works as "better" at a rate above chance. When presented with 
correct labels, they accurately identified professional art pieces 
even more often. And yet, crucially, false labeling did not have a 
commensurate negative effect: Professional paintings labeled as 
being by children or animals were still apt to be judged superior 
by the non-artists, at a rate above chance. The participants weren't 
tricked into devaluing them. When the students explained why 
they selected a professional piece as the better work of art, they 
were likely to talk about the intention and planning that went into 
the painting. They were able to deduce a human and adult mind 
behind the professional work. ■ 

Angelina Hawley Dolan, MA'10, is a Ph.D. student in psychology at 
Boston College. Her essay is drawn and adapted from her master's 
thesis. The illustration opposite is by a pre-l< student. It was paired 
with Hans Hofmann's Laburnum (1954), which may be viewed online. 









8 Silesias 


23 trade guns 

62 gallons brandy 400 yards cushtaes 

38 yards patches 

221 iron bars 

5 Danish musquets 

540 yards romals 

20 yards French 

5 bayonet musquets 

BEADS 373 yards photaes 



3 musquetoons 

66 bunches pipe 164 yards chintz 

14 yards calico 

782 copper and 

33 bunches round 340 yards nicanees 

10 yards Turkish red 

brass rods 


38 pieces Guinea stuff 


68 manillas 

88 kegs gunpowder 

32 pieces brawls 

6 caps 

25 basins 

116 yards chelloe 

11 flagons 

52 yards bafts 

12 knives 


22 men, 18 women, 5 boys, and 5 girls 

Data is drawn from The Diary of Antera Duke: An 18th-century African Slave Trader, by Stephen D. Behrendt, 

A.J.H. Latham, and David 

Northrup, a professor 

of history at Boston College. The book combines historica 

! background with extensive excerpts from the only 

known African diary of the time. The volume may be ordered from the Boston College Bookstore at a discount via 





News & Notes 


Awards Honor 
Alumni Achievement 

The 20io Alumni Awards of Excellence celebrated the 
accomplishments of (from left) Fr. Nicholas A. Sannella '67; 
Sarah Joy Carlson Hollingsworth '05; Susan J. Kelley, PhD'88; 
and William J. Cunningham, Jr. '57, P'8o, who joined President 
Leahy for the annual ceremony Oct. i. Nearly 200 attendees 
gathered in the Heights Room for the awards, which recog- 
nize alumni who have made significant contributions to the 
University, to their professions, and to society. Read more 
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New President Looks Ahead 

On Oct. 1, new Alumni Association president 
Dineen Riviezzo '89 oversaw her first alumni 
board meeting, where she and other alumni 
leaders agreed that: "Encouraging greater 
alumni engagement with BC is our top 
priority. BC graduates are known nationwide 
for their pride in their alma mater, and 
we want to translate that pride into 
participation that benefits both the University 
and our outstanding alumni community." 
In particular, board members discussed 
expanding alumni education programming 
and supporting a greater number of affinity 
groups, where members participate based on 
shared interests rather than on geographic 
location or class year. Also in the works are 
efforts to provide alumni with greater career 
services options. "I'm very excited about what 
we can accomplish in the next two years," 
says Riviezzo. "I believe that together we can 
help more alumni reconnect with Boston 
College than ever before." For more on the 
alumni board, e-mail Maggie Edmonds at 

Winter Wonderland 

Children of every age will find Newton 
Campus to be a Winter Wonderland Saturday, 
Dec. n. The Alumni Association's annual 
holiday festival offers plenty of reasons to be 
merry: horse-drawn carriage rides, promenad- 
ing carolers, children's craft activities, a 
petting zoo, and photos with Santa. Baldwin 
the Eagle will also make an appearance, as 
will award-winning children's entertainer 
Johnny the K, a Winter Wonderland regular 
and crowd favorite. All are invited to the 
celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover 
more at 

New Eagle App 

Alumni, parents, and friends can have Boston 
College in the palm of their hands with the 
new BC iPhone app. The free app provides 
graduates with 16 different University-specific 
features and works with the iPod touch and 
iPad. Through the app, alumni can receive the 
latest BC news and scores from Eagles 
games, view BC-related videos on YouTube, 
and access a GPS-based campus map. Other 

features include a University calendar of 
events, a campus photo gallery, and a BC fact 
guide. Alumni can also follow the University's 
Twitter feeds and participate in a variety of 
interactive polls. Download the app today at 

Advent Reflection 

Alumni and friends are invited to gain a new 
perspective on the holiday season at an 
Advent discussion with Jack Butler, S.J., STL'06, 
vice president for University Mission and 
Ministry. Sponsored by the Alumni Association 
and the Church in the 21st Century Center, the 
event will occur Tuesday, Nov. 30, following 
the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Middle 
Campus at 5 p.m. Fr. Butler will weigh the 
question "What Do You (Really) Want for 
Christmas?" at 6 p.m. in the Reserves Room 
of O'Neill Library. "The program will focus on 
discernment and desire — the idea that what 
we most desire for ourselves is also what God 
desires for us," according to Fr. Butler. 
Refreshments will be served. To register for 
this free event, visit 



Alumnae Career Assistance 

The Council for Women of Boston College 
drew nearly 100 recent graduates to 
Beginning the Journey for Young Alumnae: 
Leadership Skills and Career Advice, one of 

the council's many programs that support 
female professionals. Held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 
in New York City, the panel discussion gave 
attendees the chance to hear success stories 
from alumnae business leaders in the finance 
and nonprofit fields. "I often reflect on how 
helpful I would have found such panelists' 
advice when I was starting out," says 
moderator Margot Morrell NC'74, a leader- 
ship expert who co-wrote the best seller 
Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from 
the Creat Antarctic Explorer. "The big lessons 
conveyed in every Beginning the Journey 
event are that careers take unexpected turns 
and opportunities come as the result of 
preparation. Most importantly, we stress 
that alumnae should never, ever give up." 
The evening program also included a 
question-and-answer period and networking 
session. The CWBC assists alumnae at all 
stages of their career — view the council's 
upcoming events at 

Spirituality Workshop 

Alumni have a special opportunity to 
participate in the online workshop 
Spiritual Practices — a two-week, non-credit 
course that explores how one can incorporate 
Catholic spirituality into daily life. A 
partnership between C2i Online and the 
Alumni Association, the workshop will 
examine such topics as the Ignatian 
Examen of Consciousness, the Liturgy 
of the Hours, the Rosary, and intercessory 
prayer. Scheduled from Jan. 24 to Feb. 4, 
the course is open to all, but there will 
be a separate section for alumni, who are 
invited to complete weekly readings and 
join online conversations with fellow 
graduates, facilitated by C21 Online staff. 
"Our courses provide participants 
with a great starting point for reflection 
and conversation. Their insights reveal 
the joy, blessing, and challenge of walking 
in faith from the Boston College campus 
into the wider world," says course 
facilitator Paula Raposo, MEd'05. Alumni 
can sign up at the discounted rate of $25 

GOLD Holiday Celebration 

The annual holiday party for GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) donors will be 
held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Boston Harbor Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. President William 
P. Leahy, S.J., will attend and share his insights on BC's continued success. The event 
is one way the University thanks its most recent alumni for their support — and offers 
graduates a great opportunity to reconnect with former classmates. For more on this 
and other GOLD happenings, visit 

By the Numbers 

Pops on the Heights 

lo I Years Pops on the 
Heights has entertained 
the BC community 
in Conte Forum 

2,000,000 I Scholarship 
dollars raised during the 
festivities Sept. 24 

2010 I First year more than 
$1 million was awarded in 
Pops scholarship grants 

312 I Pops Scholars who 
have received grants since 
the program's inception 

12 I Boston College references 
made by Pops maestro Keith 
Lockhart during the concert 

430 I BC student singers 
and musicians who performed 
throughout the evening 

r * fr 

8,500 I Gourmet picnic dinners 
prepared for those in attendance 

3,640 I Maroon and gold 
balloons released from the 
rafters during "The Stars and 
Stripes Forever" 

Find more ways 

to get involved at 


1934-1938, 1946 

Boston College Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 


Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 


Correspondent: John D. Donovan 

12 WessonviUe Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 

Greetings! Once again, not surprisingly, the 
only news we have is sad news. Two more of 
our classmates have passed away: John J. 
McGrath, SJ, MA'45, MS'58, and Daniel P. 
Ryan. Fr. McGrath was a Jesuit who spent 
many years of his religious life at the Campion 
Center in Weston. Dan Ryan, a Woburnite 
who was active in sports during his years at 
BC, worked for the Department of Defense 
and spent his last years in Florida. Our 
sympathy and prayers are extended to their 
families. • The question now is, what about 
the rest of us? We have no new personal data, 
but we do know that we are all senior alumni 
in a totally new world. The proof of this is that 
we are all nonagenarians, and the statistical 
odds are that at least a few of us might 
become centenarians. Wow! We know that 
our memories are not too strong — where did 
I leave my keys? — and that physically we have 
slowed down just a bit. The proof of this is 
that we no longer work eight hours a day, and 
we have stopped mountain climbing, snow- 
boarding, and walking 18 holes with our golf 
clubs on our backs. And we've probably cut 
back on other less than healthy activities. B'ut 
these losses are happily replaceable. We can 
walk a bit more, even exercise; become more 
"computerized"; spend more happy hours 
with families and friends; and maybe even 
frolic a bit with grandkids, great-grandkids, 
and even great-great-grandkids. Life's not 
over yet, so hang in there! God is good. God is 
patient and merciful. He'll wait for us and 
hopefully and prayerfully there will still be a 
bit of space for us in heaven. Relax, enjoy life, 
and as the Jesuits taught us, pray! 


Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 

On July 13, we lost our classmate Gene 
Goodreault, one of the greatest football players 

ever to wear the maroon and gold and one 
fine gentleman. He was drafted by the NFL's 
Detroit Lions, but after service in the Navy in 
World War II, he returned to his hometown 
of Haverhill and founded a successful wool 
brokerage business. Another local boy who 
made good. • I heard from Vinny Nasca, 
MA'42, who has been living in Fall Church, 
VA. Vinny lost his son to cancer after his tour 
of duty as a lieutenant colonel in the Far East. 
Vinny had a long career with the FBI, but 
is now disabled. He'd love to hear from 
classmates — Please call or write to me if you'd 
like his address. 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 
3 Preacher Road- 
Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 


Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 

A wise old man proclaimed that being old 
isn't bad and infinitely better than the alternative. 
The truth of this was obvious on June 10 
when six classmates arrived at Alumni House 
to celebrate our 68 years as alumni of BC. 
They were Charlie Ahern, Bob Attridge, John 
Fitzgerald, Gerry Joyce, Frank Mahoney 
MEd'54, and Charlie Sullivan. The program 
began with a Mass, presided over by Richard 
Blake, SJ, offered for the repose of eight class 
members who passed away since our last 
gathering — all have been reported in previous 
notes. A gentle homily reminded us of our 
humanity and the need for reconciliation with 
our neighbor, ourselves, and God. At the 
prayers of the faithful, we remembered our 
classmates whose names appear on the new 
BC Veterans Memorial — lest we forget the 
awful price of freedom — and our teachers and 
mentors during those difficult days after 
December 7. We also wish peace and consola- 
tion for our classmates who were unable to be 
with us due to health problems. Finally, Deo 
gratias by those here present. After Mass, we 
were served a fine lunch. There was much 
reminiscing and comparing of golf handicaps 
and the merits of various pain relievers. All 
agreed to go for the 69th. We were graced 
with the presence of Joan and Janet Stiles, 
widow and daughter, respectively, of class- 
mate Dick Stiles — very welcome and pleasant 
additions to our group. • There was a 
pertinent story in the Boston Globe recently. It 
concerned the family of our classmate Bob 
Muse. Two of his sons, lawyers like their dad, 
worked separately on different miscarriages of 
justice, bringing each case to a just conclusion 
to the satisfaction of grieving families. I will 
be happy to send a copy to any classmate who 
would like to see it. • On a sad note, I was 
privileged to represent the class at the wake 
service for Charlie Ahern's beloved spouse of 
67, Helen. May she rest in the peace of Christ. 

On the same note, we lost Bob Jauron, who 
was a member of the nationally recognized 
teams of '40 and '41. After his discharge from 
the Army Air Corps, Bob spent his career 
coaching Canadian professional football, 
coaching sports at small colleges and high 
schools, and teaching history. A sympathy 
card has been sent to his family of three sons, 
seven grandchildren, and four great-grand- 
children. Katherine, his wife of 63 years, 
predeceased him. May he rest in peace. • Since 
2010 is almost over, I wish you a happy 
Christmas and a healthy 201 1. • Keep in touch. 


Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; 781-848-3730 

On reading of the death of Tom Galligan '41, 
H'75, in September, I was reminded of his 
brother the late Robert W. Galligan, who was 
a fellow Heightsman of mine and also a 
member of a wonderful BC family. Bob made 
several major contributions to the Class of '43: 
he was editor in chief of Sub Turn and 
was extremely active in numerous campus 
activities. He also served during World War II 
as a naval officer. Tom, who graduated two 
years ahead of us, went on to amass an 
awe-inspiring list of credits: Among them, he 
was chairman and CEO of Boston Edison and 
a board member of a number of charitable 
organizations. While at Boston College, Tom 
was editor in chief of the Heights. As an alumnus, 
he served for many years on the board of 
trustees — where he had the added distinction 
of serving as the first lay chairman. The 
Carroll School of Management established the 
Thomas J. Galligan Chair of Operations and 
Strategic Management, and the University 
awarded him the Andrew Carney Medal for his 
leadership and service, as well as an honorary 
doctorate. Bob and Tom's brother Gerald, 
who was a member of the Class of 1949, now 
lives in Canton. In addition to Gerald, Tom is 
survived by his wife, Lauretta, and five children: 
Christopher and BC alumni Thomas III '66, 
John '69, Martin '77, and Peter '78. 


Correspondent: Gerard L. Kirby 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA. 02331; 781-934-0229 

And now, as Tom Hazlett points out, our 
column has made its way to the first page of 
the BC class notes. It's probably a distinction 
of some kind or other, I don't know. Maybe it's 
endurance. In any case, it's nice to be moving 
forward — not everyone was so fortunate. Maybe 
you haven't had a chance to see the Veterans 
Memorial at Boston College. It lists the names 
of those BC men who didn't move along but 
gave their lives for their country. There are 15 
members of the Class of 1944 among those 
listed. They include Edward Conroy, John 


Dubzinski, John Eastman, John Farrell, James 
Flynn. Edward Gilmore. John Gunn, Tliomas 
von Holzhansen. Joseph Kendall. Richard Lynn, 
Thomas McNabb, Joseph Moultan. John 
Mulkern, Francis Sweeney, and Paid van Wart. 
It is really very moving to see these names 
and remember these former classmates, whom 
you may not have heard about for all these 
years but with whom you once shared such 
happy days. It's really very sobering to just 
read the list, isn't it? And so it goes. • Peace. 


Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

I spoke with Eve Carey, wife of our late 
classmate Dave Carey, from Florida; she is 
doing well and reports that her granddaughter 
is a freshman at BC. • Lillian and I had a very 
busy mondi of May. Our oldest granddaughter, 
Andrea, married a Penn State football player 
on May 22 in the cathedral. They had a great 
dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Our grand- 
son Lou III graduated from BC Law School this 
year; I was allowed to walk down the aisle with 
him and give him his diploma on the stage. 
He has already taken the New York Bar and 
has a job at a law firm on Wall Street. • There's 
nothing new on the medical front. Bill Cornyn 
was back in Scituate for the summer and was 
planning to have cataract surgery. Vin Catalogna 
is still in the VA Hospital in Bedford, struggling 
with Alzheimer's disease. Joe Devlin, MSW'49, 
is still in a nursing home in Framingham. 
Yours truly is still fighting prostate cancer — 
thank God the medication is working, but the 
side effects are not pleasant. • The latest ranking 
of national universities in the 2011 U.S. News el 
World Report survey places BC 31st among 262 
institutions. This is up from last year's ranking 
of 34th. For more information visit www. • On the financial front, our 
class had a 46 percent donor participation rate 
for the current year — that is a good percentage 
for our reunion year. • That's it for now — a 
short report, but I hope I will receive more 
input from all of you after summer vacation. 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 173 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-563-6168 


Correspondent: Timothy C. Buckley 
46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 

With this issue your correspondent welcomes 
two additional correspondents, Al DeVito and 
Paul Lannon. • We have lost two classmates: 
Robert M. Morrison of Brighton on May 8, 
and Hugh F. Daly, MSSW50, on June 7. 
Hugh was a frequent contributor to our class 
notes. His last correspondence was in sum- 
mer 2008 after he'd returned from a family 

reunion with his two daughters in London. 

• Morris Breslouf, MS^ci, is retired and 
enjoying good health. He lives in Acton six 
months of each year and spends the remain- 
der of the year in Jupiter, FL. He has been a 
widower for 16 years. He has two children — a 
son and a daughter — and three grandsons. 
Morris is a jazz enthusiast and enjoyed going 
on a Caribbean jazz cruise. • Francis J. 
Cassani, MA'53, who has been retired for 25 
years, is codirector of the choir at the 
Immaculate Conception Church in Weymouth. 
He served in the Army during World War II 
and later was the principal of several schools 
in Weymouth. He and Marie have been mar- 
ried for 58 years. They met during World War 
II, when Marie was serving as a nurse. On her 
way to Korea, her ship was sunk in San 
Francisco, and she was transferred to the 
naval hospital in Portsmouth, NH. Frank was 
visiting a friend who owned a pig farm in 
Greenland, NH. (Frank stayed in the farm- 
house, of course!) A coordinator from the 
hospital asked several of his friends — and 
Frank — if they would escort some nurses to a 
dance. As they say, the rest is history! Frank 
and Marie have two daughters and three sons. 
One grandson, John Cassani, is a fourth-year 
student at St. John's Seminary, and a grand- 
daughter is at Columbia Medical School. 

• Julio Contrada is still active as a CPA. He is 
in good health, and at 82, he may be the 
youngest member of our class: he entered BC 
at 16 years of age. After graduation, he spent 
two years in the Army, stationed primarily in 
Korea. Julio's wife died last November after 53 
years of marriage. He has one son, two 
daughters, and a granddaughter who just 
turned 12. He also has a niece who has a PhD 
from Harvard and is head of the Italian 
department at the University of Iowa. • John 
Hughes lives in H olden and is in good health 
at age 87. His wife passed away nine years 
ago. John has three children — one is a BC 
alumnus — and four grandchildren. • Matthew 
N. Keleher is in good health. He is a World 
War II Navy veteran and now has been retired 
for 20 years. His wife of 57 years died last 
October. They had 3 children and 10 grand- 
children. Matthew was a friend of our late 
classmate Massachusetts Governor Edward 
King, H'8o, and played baseball with him. He 
says he remembers BC when it was a small 
commuter college. • Ernie Romano, who was 
a roommate of Al DeVito when they were at 
the Graduate School of Public Health at 
UMass, provided a brief sketch of his activi- 
ties following BC. After Ernie completed his 
master's degree, he met and married 
Antonietta Fera (Colby '49; MEd, Salem 
State). They have three children: Gina (Colby- 
Sawyer College); Linda (who holds a master's 
from BU); and Richard (Plymouth State). 
Ernie worked as a health agent in Ipswich, as 
a staff sanitarian for the Arabian American 
Oil Company in Saudi Arabia, and finally as 
director of public health in the United States, 
retiring after 22 years. While abroad, he did 
some traveling in the Middle East and Europe, 
the highlight of which was exploring Italy and 
visiting relatives there. Ernie's many hobbies 
include restoring antique frames, collecting 
and restoring ANRI wood carvings from Italy, 
drawing Renaissance portraits in pastels, and 
collecting books by Rafael Sabatini, such as 
Captain Blood and Scaramouche. • William 
Melville reports that his grandson Michael, 

who will soon graduate from BC Law School, 
was recently appointed assistant DA for 
Middlesex County. Bill enjoys his two great- 
grandchildren and visits his wife, Irene, every 
day at the rehabilitation hospital in Needham, 
despite a fall outside his condo. • Miriam and 
Al Silver celebrated their 60th anniversary on 
February 11. Their wedding in 1950 was 
attended by Paul Lannon and Bill O'Meara. 
Congratulations. Al and Miriam! Following 
two years as an instructor in the Army Signal 
Corps at Camp Gordon, GA, Al returned to 
Boston and worked for the Small Business 
Administration. After 10 years in Washington 
DC, he was transferred to California as assis- 
tant regional director. He retired at 55, and 
although he is now confined to a wheelchair, 
he enjoys reading, listening to music, and 
visiting with his 16-year-old twin granddaugh- 
ters. He and Miriam live in Greenbrae, CA. 



Correspondent: John j 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8283 

The final official days of summer are coming 
to rest as I write these class notes on August 
30, here on my porch, overlooking the estuary 
of the Neponset River as it flows into the 
waters of Boston Harbor. I don't have a lot of 
news of my classmates (though I ask for news 
and notes from all who read these words). I 
hope that is a good sign — that most of you are 
enjoying good times with your families and 
are looking forward to some exciting games of 
football from the lads at the Heights under the 
care and watchful eye of Coach Spaziani and 
his assistant coaches. • Speaking of football, I 
got an e-mail from E. Paul Kelly, JD'6o, telling 
me that he and his wife, Jeane, are heading 
back to the western part of the country for the 
football season. Their son Chip is the head 
coach of the University of Oregon football 
team, and they have tickets to all the games! 
• I received a nice phone call from Ira Mogul 
in Florida, where he continues to please 
audiences in Naples Players productions; he 
recently had a major part in the wonderful 
musical Fiddler on the Roof. Now that's one 
way to stay young! • Jim "Moose" Crounse 
sent me a note as a follow-up to our recent 
obimary of Fr. Charlie McCoy. He said he 
played football with Charlie, and that he did 
Charlie a favor when it came time to join the 
Marines: Charlie was color blind, so Moose 
took the test for him! It was just after the 
game at Harvard stadium. • A few folks I've 
seen around are Ernie Ciampa. Peter 
Rogerson, and Sahag Dakesian, MS'51. • For a 
change, this year we are hoping to have our 
annual memorial Mass on the Heights in the 
springtime. See you there! 


Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 31 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

The annual golf outing for the Class of 1950 
took place on our rain date of June 17 at the 


Brookside Club in Bourne on Cape Cod. Our 
16 old golf pros had a great time. There was 
plenty of time to socialize and to share many 
serious and humorous memories — a lot of 
laughs and kidding one another. Those on the 
winning team in our golf scramble were Joe 
Casey MBA'72, Jerry Daly, Bob Palladino, and 
John Sullivan. Have Bob and John describe 
their extraordinary and spectacular golf shots 
to provide the winning margin! They are all 
looking forward to next year. • According to 
the latest report I received from Boston 
College, 50 percent of our class participated in 
the 60th anniversary class gift to the 
University. That is something for future class- 
es to aim for! Well done! • I also received news 
that the following members of our class have 
passed away: John B. Casey of Yarmouth Port 
on June 1; Robert M. Collins of Hampton, 
NH, on May 20; Charles J. Flathers of Peabody 
on September 23, 2009; William G. Devine, 
SJ, MA/PHL'51, MA'54, of Weston on June 
20; Stanley Goode of Fitchburg on May 9; 
Charles F. Hurley Jr. of Hyannis on May 18; 
Joseph G. Laffy of Peabody on April 12; 
Charles H. Lonergan of Norwell on March 25; 
and Joseph M. McDonough, MA'51, of 
Westwood on March 31. • If you'd like me 
to include in this column something about 
you, please send information to me at the 
above address. 

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Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC'53 

11 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA oi8go; 781-729-8512 

Perhaps the heat of summer has made every- 
one comatose! For whatever reason, I have 
very little to report. • I had a lovely visit at the 
home of Monsie O'Brien Clifton NC'53 in 
August. • I have talked recently with Tappy 
Welling Broderick, Louise Lynch Conlan, 
Barbara Ann Gould Henry, Sarah Lee Whelan 
Mc Sweeney, and Dee Dienhart Rotolo, all 
NC'53. All have retained a sense of humor and 
recommend good books for me to read. 
• Please be in touch. 


Correspondent: James J. Derba 

1010 Waltham Street. 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-558-6502 

On Reunion Weekend, June 3-5, the Class of 
'51 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their 
graduation from Boston College! The Reunion 
Committee is already working hard preparing 
for the event. Chaired by Jim Derba, the 
committee also includes John Casey, Bob 
Corcoran, Bob Jepsen MBA'70, Marty Joyce, 
Pat Roche H'oi, and Ed White. The Class of 
'51 celebration will be a lunch on campus on 
Saturday, June 4, followed by a reunion Mass 
(for all classes) in St. Ignatius Church. Fur- 
ther information will be provided as the date 
approaches. We hope to see you there! • Get in 
the spirit this winter! Join BC alumni on Sun- 
day, December 5, for brunch and an afternoon 
concert of the Christmas chorale, which will 
take place on the Newton Campus in Barat 

House and Trinity Chapel. • As you know, with 
the loss of our very fine class correspondent 
Leo Wesner last April, the Class of '51 is without 
a voice in these pages. If you would like to 
help your classmates remain connected to one 
another — and to BC — by serving as corre- 
spondent, please contact Betsy McLain, class 
notes editor, at 617-552-4141 or Jim Derba at 
the above address. 


Correspondent: Frank McGee 

2952 Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-854-4690 

Bill Bond reported that he met Bill McSweeney 

in Naples, FL, at the annual visit by University 
President William P. Leahy, S.J. Bill 
McSweeney is retired and living in Sarasota. 
Bill Bond, who will enter the eighth decade of 
life on October 31, is still writing and editing 
for the local literacy council and an interna- 
tional finance magazine. Some of you may 
know that Bill has authored 20 plays, a num- 
ber of which were produced off-Broadway. 

• Once again, the annual golf tournament in 
memory of Regina and Tom McElroy's son 
Tom Jr. '80 was held in Sharon, with 115 
players participating. The event has funded 
well over $1 million in scholarships for the BC 
soccer program. Speaking of the McElroys, 
their son Col. Jack McElroy, USMC, will be 
retiring in December and joining United 
Airlines as a pilot. • My son, Patrick, a Navy 
SEAL, returned from Afghanistan in 
September. He has been a member of the 
SEAL community for six years. My oldest son, 
Frank, has been promoted to director by 
Credit Suisse on Wall Street. My youngest, 
Bob, is working at a residential school for 
troubled kids up to the age of 16 in San 
Francisco. All three are products of BC High 
and went on to Amherst College, Babson 
College, and Fairfield University, respectively. 

• Class officers Dick Driscoll, president; 
Charlie Barrett, LLD'55, first VP; Joe 
O'Shaughnessy, second VP; Al Sexton, trea- 
surer; and Roger Connor, secretary, are 
wrapping up plans to celebrate our 59th an- 
niversary year. Can you believe it — 59th! • On 
October 7, the annual memorial Mass was 
held at Trinity Chapel. Fr. Hugh O'Regan 
celebrated the Mass with Fr. Tom Murray as 
concelebrant. • Fran O'Leary of Davenport, 
FL, has 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grand- 
children. I don't think Fran can catch up with 
Charlie Hanafin, who has, at last count, 
58 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. 

• Dana Doherty writes from Mesa, AZ, that 
son Jerry is a captain in the Coast Guard. His 
daughter Sally is VP of LSIC Inc., and his 
youngest son is an attorney in LaCrosse, WI. 

• Jack Leary's grandson and granddaughter 
are students at the University of Oklahoma. 

• Joan and Hugh Donaghue divide their time 
equally, with six months in Delaware and six 
months in Dunedin, FL. • All of us '52ers 
hope the great Mike Roarke continues on his 
path to recovery. • Condolences to the family 
of Paul Clinton, who passed away in June. 
Paul was one of the classiest guys ever to have 
graced the campus of BC. • Finally, in his 
August letter to all of us, Roger refers to me 

as the publications secretary of the class. 
Thanks, Roger. I love the job. • Happy 59th to 
all. I hope this column finds Bob Richards, 
JD'55, and family in excellent health. 


Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

lg Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-566-5400 

I received a postcard this past summer from 
classmate John O'Gorman. He was on a 
pilgrimage to Rome with his archbishop, 
Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati. The archbishop 
received his pallium from the pope, recognizing 
him as the new archbishop of Cincinnati. 
John said that in addition to this ceremony, he 
has participated in three others presided over 
by the pope. John sends his best wishes to all 
his classmates. • The children of classmate 
Fred Good, MBA'62, hosted a surprise 80th 
birthday celebration for their father at 
Atlantica in Cohasset on August 1. It was 
attended by family and a few friends and golf 
buddies. Maureen and Bob McCarthy were 
fortunate enough to be among those invited. 
• Warren Toland '63 sent me a note of appre- 
ciation for mentioning his brother Donald 
"Duncan" Toland in the Spring issue. Warren's 
note reads in part: "Donald only spent one 
year at BC, and we are grateful that he is 
remembered on the Boston College Veterans 
Memorial. His classmates may know him 
better by his preferred name of Duncan." 
Duncan, a Marine corporal, was killed in 
action in Korea on May 28, 1951. In 1952, at 
the Charlestown Navy Yard, he was posthu- 
mously awarded the Navy Cross for "extraor- 
dinary heroism." The medal was presented to 
his parents, accompanied by a citation from 
the Secretary of the Navy. The citation reads 
in part: "His indomitable fighting spirit and 
steadfast devotion to duty reflect the highest 
credit upon Corporal Toland and the United 
States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life 
for his country." Rest in peace, Duncan. • In 
July, Jean and Paul Murray were guests of 
their son at the U.S. Naval Academy to 
witness the indoctrination of their grandson 
into the school's freshman class. Their son is a 
Naval Academy alumnus and a member of the 
faculty, and the newly indoctrinated freshman 
is the son of the Murrays' daughter, whose 
husband is also a graduate of the academy. All 
I can say with that report is, "Go, Navy!" • On 
July 8, the Milepost Restaurant in Duxbury 
was the site for the annual summer lunch 
enjoyed by Maureen and Joe Tower, Maureen 
and Bob McCarthy, and Mary and Jim 
Willwerth. Classmates and BC football were 
the subjects of the day. 


Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Waterford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-5615 

In August, I attended the funeral of Ed 
Kodzis. Dick Curley, JD'59, and Doug 
MacMillan were there as well. Ed had a long 


career with the Boston Gas Company and was 
a pioneer in the development of alternative 
forms of energy. • On May 25, I attended the 
funeral of BilY Cullen. SJ. MA'59. STL'66; 
John Cafferty and Jack Leydon were also 
there. Bill and I were high-school classmates, 
and I had the privilege of visiting with him at 
the Jesuit retirement home in Weston about a 
month before he died. • Lenny Matthews told 
me that his elementary-school classmate and 
our BC classmate Bob McGrath, JD'61, has 
passed on as well. Bob was a Triple Eagle and 
an outstanding domestic relations lawyer. 
Our band is getting smaller. • In May we had 
a class get-together at the Wayside Inn. 
Attending were Veronica and Dick McCarthy; 
Virginia O'Brien Cahill; Elizabeth Gallagher 
and Roger Breton; Ray MacPherson; Lori and 
Lou Torino MBA'65; Claire and Leo Maguire; 
Mary Healy Nackley; Margaret (Molloy) '58 
and Pete Vasaturo; Tom Lane; Nancy and 
John Moreschi; Pat (Quigley) MEd'58 and the 
late Ed Kodzis; Mary Jean and Jim Coughlin; 
Mary and Murray Regan; Mary and John 
Curtin JD'57, H'91; Lorraine and Tom 
Cosgrove; Kathy and Peter Nobile; Nancy and 
George Seaver; Janet and Paul McKenna; 
Tom O'Connell; Joan Kennedy; Mario 
DiBiase; Martha (Leonard) MEd'6o and Ed 
Trask; Jim Flynn MA'55; Ruth Dynan Sweeney 
MEd'57; Ann Mary Dominick; Ann Como 
Green; Bob Carr MSW'61; and Jane and John 
Ford MSW'61. • Jim Coughlin sent along a 
newspaper clip about the annual Gerard 
McCourt golf tournament that raised $24,000 
to benefit children with special needs. How 
fitting it is that this annual event honors our 
classmate who was such a special person him- 
self. • I spoke with Frank Sheehan, MEd'58, 
recently. Frank and Connie are living at White 
Horse Beach and were looking forward to 
dinner with Alice and Phil Grant. • Our next 
event will be the memorial Mass on Sunday, 
November 14, in the Trinity Chapel on the 
Newton Campus. Brunch will follow the 
Mass, and our classmate Jim Woods, SJ, 
MAT'61, STB'62, will be the celebrant. If you 
would like more information, feel free to call 
Lou Torino at 781-329-9612. • Finally, the 
class officers have decided to drop the annual 
hockey game event due to diminishing 
attendance. Fewer and fewer of us enjoy 
driving in the dark. 

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Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzGerald Daly 

700 Laurel Avenue 

Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-251-3837 

In the Summer issue, Delma Sala Fleming 

said she was planning a dive to explore the 
wreck of the RMS Rhone, which sank in 1867, 
in the British Virgin Islands. Delma e-mailed 
me a report of her family's summer adven- 
ture. The weather cooperated, and the expedi- 
tion was a great success, enjoyed by all her 
children and grandchildren. Pictures showed 
the well-preserved Rhone, which was built in 
1867, on the quiet bottom of the sea off Salt 
Island. An added surprise during the trip was 
finding a great spot for lobstering: in two 
days, many large lobsters were caught! • I've 
had phone chats with Dorothy Dienhart 
Rotolo NC'53 and Lucille Joy Becker. We ex- 

changed news of friends and activities. Lucille 
and Jim celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary in August — congratulations and 
best wishes to the Beckers! • The Fourth of 
July was special this year for Maureen 
Cohalan Curry. The "Curry Clan" gathered in 
Bristol, RI, to celebrate the holiday and the 
christening of Tabitha Curry, Maureen's 
youngest grandchild. A great time was had by 
all. Maureen also tells of a phone call from 
Joan Baxter Fogarty. Joan was visiting family 
in Newport. • Please send news to share with 
classmates so we can keep connected! 


Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Tappan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

Looking back and looking forward: Back in 
the 1950s, many of us were involved in 
annual shows. While watching CatholicTV 
last summer, I couldn't help wondering if we 
could have a trip back to the past by having a 
small show after our 60th reunion luncheon. 
The program I was watching was Going My 
Way, and the guest singer was our Fr. Bert 
Stankard. He reported he enjoys performing 
as Bing Crosby, so he changed into Bing-like 
attire and proceeded to sing. Many of us 
already know of Bruno Ciani's delightful 
performance as George M. Cohan. Perhaps 
we can build on this for some enjoyable enter- 
tainment. Watching CatholicTV also gives me 
the opportunity to hear Msgr. Frank Strahan 
sing, if only briefly, because he occasionally is 
the celebrant of the televised Mass. I enjoy 
hearing his beautiful voice as well as the 
messages imparted in his excellent homilies. 
No matter where you live, you can check 
out CatholicTV on the Internet, iPod, and 
Facebook. • Lynn Strovink Daukas reports she 
is making progress in her genealogy search 
and hopes to go to Lithuania in the near 
future. • Joan Gospodarek Lett had a visit 
from daughter Kathy and her family this past 
summer. Her granddaughter took her annual 
trapeze lesson. Joan volunteers at her local 
food pantry. • Dick Renehan has once again 
been named one of America's Best Lawyers in 
commercial litigation. • At the end of each 
academic year, the BC faculty has an awards 
ceremony. This year, BC Associate Professor 
Emeritus Jean O'Neil, MS'63, received an 
award for service from the University. At BC, 
in addition to teaching, Jean was active in the 
English as a Second Language program. She 
has now come out of retirement to tutor stu- 
dents in the program as they prepare for the 
licensing exam, and with her help, they are 
successful. She has given 40 years of service 
to BC. • Walt Bankowski joined his son Peter 
and his daughter Jennifer in eternal life on 
June 30. Walt retired as a commander in the 
Navy after 26 years of service. He volunteered 
in his parish as a lector and Eucharistic 
minister, and he performed in many of the 
parish's theatrical productions. He was also 
a docent on the USS Wisconsin for several 
years. Sadly, the brother of his wife, Jan, went 
home to God two days before Walt died. • On 
August 18, we also lost Joe Harringtion. Joe 
was an attorney and served as chairman of the 

St. Thomas More Red Mass Committee for 
the Diocese of Fall River for many years. • As 
I send sympathy and prayers to the families of 
Walt and Joe, I am reminded that Karl Rahner, 
the distinguished Jesuit theologian, told us 
that those who went before us are still 
members of our spiritual family, and those 
who love one another never say goodbye for 
the last time. 

NC I955 

Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

207 Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-0973 


Correspondent: Steve Barry 

102 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 304 

Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 

Our harbor cruise was a success, with close to 
70 on the boat and at the luncheon at BC 
High afterward. The BC High president 
spoke briefly and mentioned that Frank Furey 
had received the St. Ignatius Award, the high- 
est honor given to a BC High graduate. Carol 
Hines Gleason arranged the cruise with 
UMass Boston, and Jack Leonard set up the 
luncheon. Carol was reminiscing with Art 
Reilly's wife, Mimi, who had worked for Fr. 
W. Seavey Joyce '37, MA'40, former University 
president, while we were still at BC. • Bea '62 
and Peter Colleary met Joan and Dan Mitchell 
at a Mass and communion breakfast in 
Naples, FL, in March. • Charles D'Entremont 
mentioned that he had seen me while he was 
having coffee with his brother Craig at 
Brooksby Village, but I had disappeared 
before he connected the name and face. • Jim 
McLaughlin says he is back competing at 
croquet and running again. • Owen Lynch. 
JD'59, was presented with the first annual Bill 
Connell '59 award given by St. Mary's of 
Lynn. • In May, Joe Reagan, MS'59, was the 
featured speaker at BC's Magde Physics 
Colloquium on the subject, "Severe Space 
Weather Effects on the Earth." Tire invitation 
came when he met Professor Michael 
Naughton, chair of the physics department, at 
a Technology Council event sponsored by BC 
on the West Coast. Classmates and close 
friends Leo Power MA'64, MBA'72; Bill 
Plansky; and John McDonnell attended the 
talk with their wives and joined Joe and his 
wife at a dinner hosted by Professor Naughton 
following the event. • Ernie Caponi, who 
started with us but had to drop out and gradu- 
ated with the Class of 1958, has published a 
book, Arthur and Rose: the Caponi/Mosca 
Union, October 21. 2915: In Search of My Italian 
Roots. In it, he describes his research in 
Massachusetts, on Ellis Island, and in Italy 
and his efforts to put together the story of how 
his father came from Italy, met his mother 
here, married her, and raised a family. The 
Burns and O'Neill Libraries have copies of the 
book. • Dick Toland e-mailed news of the 
death of Charlie Sanphy. Charlie commuted 
from Lynn with Jack Kennedy and others. 
Please keep Charlie and all classmates and 
families in your prayers. • Thanks to all who 


sent news. A reminder: log onto the alumni 
online community at 
association/community.html to read and post 
news of accomplishments, travel, etc. 

NC I956 

Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 


Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

On June 4, the Class of 1957 once again won 
the BC Club of Cape Cod's annual golf tour- 
nament at Kings Way in Yarmouth Port. The 
top foursome winners were Bill Cunningham, 
Jim Connolly, Jim Devlin, and Frank Higgins. 
• On August 3, the class summer lobsterbake 
at Paul Mahoney's Garden Center in East 
Falmouth again took place. The following 
classmates and friends attended: Fr. Tom 
Ahearn; Bruno Bagnaschi; Steve Brady 
MBA'63; Ed Brickley: Norma (DeFeo) 
Cacciamani; Jim Connolly; Don Connors; Bill 
Cunningham; Jim Daly; Paul Daly; Jim 
Devlin; Jim DiMare; Marita Glynn Donahue; 
Dick Dowling; Paul Duseau; Dom and Rita 
(McGrath) Emello; Laura Dijoseph Ferrera; 
Judith Walsh Flanagan; Don Fox; Jim Frame 
MBA'66; John Harrington MBA'66, H'10; 
Don Haskell; George Hennessy; Frank 
Higgins; Eleanor and Mary Lou Hogan 
MEd'61; Fred Iarrobino; Jack MBA'71 and 
Dorothy (Bagnell) Kelliher MS '62; Bob 
Matthews; Paul McAdams; Dave McAvoy; 
Myles McCabe; Dave McCarthy; Cecila 
McManus; Joe McMenimen; Paul McNulry; 
Elizabeth Salmon McRae; Dick Michaud; Joe 
Mirabile; Leo Morrissey; Jim Roach; Bob 
Rogers; Al Sammartino; Marilyn Wilson 
Smith; Giles Threadgold; Bob Tiernan MS'59; 
Bill Tobin MBA'70; Pat Vacca; Paul 
Wentworth; Connie White MA'74; Louann 
MacNeil Woronicz; and Anthony Zonfrelli. 
The class extends special thanks to Paul and 
Doris Mahoney for hosting this memorable 

and highly successful second annual Cape 
event. • The class held its annual fall event on 
September 11. I will report details in the next 
issue. • Joe McMenimen reports that Bill 
Donlan, MA'6o, has come a long way in his 
recovery. His feeding tube was removed in 
January, so he can now eat proper food and is 
able to walk around his Irish home with the 
aid of a tall walker. His speech is also improving 
as he continues to receive speech therapy, and 
he is happy to be with his wife, Carmel, and 
his family. Please continue to keep Bill in 
your prayers. • Please pray also for a very 
successful recuperation for Jim Turley and for 
Tom Harrington's wife, Joan. Also offer your 
special prayers for Tom McDonald and his 
wife, Bernie, who had recent surgery. • The 
class extends its sincere sympathy to the family 
of Joseph L. Moylan, who died on July 21. 
• Class dues in the amount of $25 should be 
remitted to Bill Tobin, 181 Central St., 
Holliston, MA 01746. 

NC I957 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

I hope you received timely notification of the 
passing of dear Mother Gabrielle Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, on June 30 in Albany. (I was 
afraid those without e-mail could miss this 
news.) She was 99 and had suffered setbacks 
in later years. Many of you responded with 
touching memories of this incredible woman 
of faith, intelligence, and love. How lucky we 
were to have had such a college president and 
inspiring teacher. • Dick and Carol McCurdy 
Regenauer are downsizing their house in 
Brewster on the Cape (but renting a condo in 
Lexington "just in case"). Jan Black Rohan 
visited them this past summer, following 
the loss of her husband. Jan is living in 
Connecticut, and she enjoyed the support of 
her old friend Carol at this difficult time, even 
beating her at golf! • Elaine Conley Banahan 
met Connie Weldon LeMaitre in Germany for 
24 hours of catching up. Elaine flew over 
from Dublin when Connie and George '55 
were sailing down the Danube to celebrate 
their 50th anniversary, and they spent the 
night in an old castle! Elaine and Connie 


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shared many memories about the trip to 
Europe they took together in 1957, sleeping in 
fields and hostels. The castle was a long- 
awaited upgrade! Elaine reports that she and 
Percy are in fine health. They have 4 children 
and 10 grandchildren split between Kentucky 
and Ireland, all working in horse-related 
professions. • Joan Hanlon Curley, our most 
loyal reporter, and Neil are still busy with 
political campaigns (for Florida governor and 
for the school board) along with entertaining 
worldwide guests (everyone loves Naples!); they 
even convinced a cousin to buy a condo nearby. 
Joan has been busy marketing her book, 
Lucian's Boat, and hopes college friends will 
contact her to buy it for their grandchildren. 
• While at the Newport Music Festival, Frank 
and Lucille Saccone Giovino met Joan David, 
who gave them a tour of Salve Regina 
University, where she is a professor of English. 
What dedication! • In July, Bill, MS'59, an ^ 
Kate McCann Benson hosted three grand- 
children full-time in the mountains of New 
Hampshire — that takes some energy! They loved 
it but are now ready to return to retirement 
life. Kate, Ellie Pope Clem, Liz Doyle Eckl, 
and their spouses managed a reunion dinner 
in DC on Kate's ride north. How we all love to 
see each other! Kate quotes Abe Lincoln: 
"And. in the end, it's not the years in your life 
that count. It's the life in your years." 


Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 
Stonebridge Country Club 
Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 

It is sad to report the death of Tom Connolly, 
a pediatrician who practiced in Needham for 
the past 38 years. Tom leaves his wife and our 
classmate, Patricia (Dwyer) Connolly, and 
four sons: Tom Jr., Bill, Brian, and Mark. 
Tom and yours truly were classmates at BC 
High, and he was an usher at my wedding. 
Tom will be greatly missed. • Dick O'Brien, 
MSW '60, of Springfield, VA, wrote to tell me 
that Dick Nerbonne passed away this past 
April. Dick retired as the chairman of the 
business department at New Bedford High 
School. He was also a highly decorated 
veteran of the Korean War. • Condolences of 
the class also go out to John Croke, whose 
wife, Ann, passed away this past summer, 
and to Tom Lane, DEd'88, who lost his wife, 
Nancy Pacious Lane '59. John is retired from 
IBM and living in Fairfield, CT. He has two 
children and seven grandchildren. Tom is a 
retired head football coach, teacher, athletic 
director, and high-school principal. He lives 
in Marlborough and has 6 children and 12 
grandchildren. • Paul LaRaia is a cardiologist, 
researcher, teacher, and clinician at Brigham 
& Women's, Beth Israel, Mass General, and 
Spaulding Hospitals. Paul and Penelope are 
living in Salisbury, NH, and have four daughters, 
one of whom is also a physician. • Ed Kondi, 
living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is a retired 
professor of surgery at BU School of Medicine. 
• Alex Kulevich is retired after 31 years as head 
football coach and athletic director at 
Marblehead High School. Alex and Barbara 
have 8 children and 17 grandchildren. • After 


many years as a marketing executive with 
various companies. Neil Mahoney, living in 
Columbia, SC, remains active with his own 
marketing consulting firm. • Ernie Caponi 
reports that at tire age of 75, he has published 
his first book. Arthur and Rose: the Caponi/ 
Mosca Union, October 21, 2925: In Search of my 
Italian Roots. Ernie and wife Annette have 
diree children and six grandchildren and live 
in Leominster. • Jennifer Hughes, daughter 
of classmate Donald Hughes, wrote to tell me 
that Don is in a nursing home in Newark, 
OH. suffering from dementia. He would love 
to hear from classmates. You can write to him 
at Autumn Health Care, 17 Forry St., Newark, 
OH 43055. • We had another great turnout 
for our annual Cape Cod luncheon held at 
the beautiful Wianno Club. We all enjoyed 
a beautiful day, great conversation, and a 
wonderful lunch. • Let me hear from you. 
Don't forget your class dues. Send your check 
of $25 to Jack "Mucca" McDevitt, 28 Cedar 
Rd., Medford, MA 02155. 

NC I958 

Correspondent: Jo Geary 

27 Kingswood Road 

Aubumdale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

A chapter in the history of education by the 
Religious of the Sacred Heart ended on June 
30, 2010, when at age 99, Gabrielle Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, died in Albany, NY, at Teresian 
House. She was the second president of 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart, serving 
from 1955 until 1968. Sr. Husson's mantras 
were "Use your head" and "Think for your- 
self." So simple, so difficult. Two intellectual 
powerhouses joined her administration. 
Serving as academic dean was Mary Quinlan, 
RSCJ, whose field was history. The SWC 
course, instituted in the 1960s, was modeled 
after courses from established women's 
colleges and tailored by Sr. Quinlan for Newton. 
C.E. Maguire, RSCJ, a tiny giant, headed the 
English department. When convent life was 
disbanded, the trio was joined by Elizabeth 
Sweeney, RSCJ, four friends and colleagues 
living in Cambridge, MA. They were women 
of faith and reason, of principle, of strength, 
of scholarship, of high ideals, and of high 
expectations for us. Dottie Roche Richardson 
remembers an evening after dinner when she 
and Margie George Vis were swooping along 
the first floor of Stuart Hall, dancing and sing- 
ing to the tune of "St. Louis Woman." As they 
sailed by an open office door, they observed a 
prospective student and her parents being 
interviewed by Sr. Quinlan. They were called 
in to apologize, but as Dottie says, "You could 
tell she found it quite funny. A beautiful lady, 
with a peaceful face and gorgeous skin." Katie 
Welch, MA'61, writes, "Anyone from our 
class who speaks kindly about C.E. Maguire as 
a teacher would disappoint her. She cultivated 
her image as the 'wee beastie' so assiduously. 
I admit she was generous in offering to teach 
a course on Jane Austen when I requested it 
but, typically, she scheduled it for 7:30 a.m.... 
She was also kind in writing to me 20 years 
later when she saw my mother's death notice 
in the Boston Globe." Shelley Carroll Opiela 
remembers Srs. Husson and Quinlan checking 

on her at the switchboard on the nights she 
was alone in that area of the building. Julie 
Saver Reusch, a transfer student, remembers 
the warm welcome she received. When 
Newton College was sold, Sr. Husson 
expressed sadness and regret, yet her hope 
was that we would remain strong as alumnae. 
Over 50 years ago, these women touched our 
lives and we're grateful to them. May they rest 
in peace. 

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Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 

I received a nice letter from Tom Norton, who 
divides his time between Teaticket on Cape 
Cod and Delray Beach in Florida. He writes 
that his daughter M. Molly Norton received 
her PhD in education from Argosy University 
in June. His grandson William Norton "Bud" 
Estes is a member of the Class of 2014 at 
Boston College. • We were saddened to hear 
of the death of Tom Whalen, MBA'68, this 
past June in York, ME. Tom was very active 
on our 50th Reunion Committee. Our 
condolences go to his wife, Patricia Manning 
Whalen, and his entire family. • Jim Cotter 
passed away in Quincy on July 20 after a long 
and courageous fight against his illness. 
Coach Cotter was an inspiration to all his 
many friends in the class. Jim Delaney called 
me to say that he has copies of Coach Cotter's 
autobiography, which he will send free of 
charge to any classmate who writes to him at: 
James J. Delaney, PO Box 920691, Needham, 
MA 02492. 

NC I959 

Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 

With great sorrow, we report the loss of 
Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA'51, at Teresian 
House on June 30. She was president of 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart from 
1955 to 1968. Sr. Husson was a very faith- 
filled woman, a competent administrator, and 
a talented academic leader. During her years 
as our president, she urged each student to 
achieve her very best. Please pray for her. 
• We are also saddened by the loss of Honey 
Good McLaughlin's mother in July. We send 
out heartfelt condolences to Honey and her 
family. • Joanne O'Connor Hynek, Mary Jo 
McAvinn O'Brien, and Maryjane Mulvanity 
Casey enjoyed a delightful August afternoon 
at Joanne's lovely Falmouth home. It was 
great reminiscing and catching up over 
delicious lobster rolls and iced tea. • Our fond 
wishes to Janet Chartier O'Hanley, who re- 
cently sold her Newport, RI, home to begin a 
new venture in Naples, FL. Happy new home, 
Janet! • Congratulations to Bill and Bonnie 
Walsh Stoloski on their 50th wedding anni- 
versary! It was a gala seaside celebration in 
Falmouth, ME, and included an elegant 
dinner dance, a lobsterbake, and an afternoon 


Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

Classmates I've met since then are still talk- 
ing about Reunion — which we all know was a 
wonderful experience for all who attended! 

• As time moves on, we remember a few of 
our classmates who have recently passed 
away: James Glynn of Mansfield; Ralph 
Gridley of Peabody; John Healy of Dunedin, 
FL; and Edward Wlodarczyk of Westborough. 
Our prayers and remembrance go out to all 
the families who have had a recent death. • In 
the Summer issue of Boston College Magazine, 
a few classmates were named for their special 
handling of class responsibilities. We'd like to 
acknowledge the work of all classmates who 
helped with Reunion and other activities, and 
the special contributions of the following 
classmates should not be overlooked: Ed 
Doherty MBA'73, Grace McLaughlin Carty, 
Jack Kilkelly, Joe Steinkrauss, John 
Thompson, Joyce Dwyer MS'64, Jack 
Winchenbaugh, Martha Cadigan Sullivan 
MS'63, Pat Dorsey NC'60, Bob Rudman, Rick 
Pierce, Stan Gabis, Jane Shea Sullivan, Faith 
Corcoran Monahan, and Mary Connolly 
Webb. • I am including here, for those of you 
who did not see it at the reunion, the Prayer 
for Generosity by St. Ignatius of Loyola. I 
found it to be profound: "Lord, teach me to be 
generous. Teach me to serve you as you 
deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to 
fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and 
not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for 
reward, save that of knowing that I do your 
will." • Our late classmate Robert Cawley has 
had a small bridge named after him in 
Massachusetts. It's located on Route 109 in 
West Roxbury. • Thanks to all who sent news. 
A reminder: You can log on to the alumni 
online community to read and post news of 
accomplishments, travel, etc. Please drop me 
a note or e-mail to help fill up this column. 

• Class dues for the new academic year 
remain at $25. Please remit to Vin Failla, 60 
Pigeon Lane. Waltham, MA 02452. 

NC i960 

Correspondent: Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

On June 30, Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA'51, 
passed away at Teresian House in Albany, 
NY, at the age of 99. Our i960 Golden Eagles 
yearbook was dedicated to four women who 
made significant contributions to the BC 
community. Our Newton College choice was 
Sr. Husson. Sally O'Connell Healy wrote this 
dedication piece in her honor: "Sr. Gabrielle 
Husson became the second president of 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart in August 
1956, bringing with her Sacred Heart values, 
developed at the Sacred Heart school in 

Rochester, NY, and enriched at the novitiate 
at Kenwood, in Rome, and at Manhattanville. 
She was further educated at Providence 
College and was herself a Boston College 
alumna, having received an MA in English. 
During Sr. Husson's 13 years as president of 
Newton, the college grew in size — student 
body, faculty, assets, physical plant, numbers 
of scholarships — and in stature as a highly 
regarded women's liberal arts college. 
President Husson's vision resulted in the col- 
lege's implementing new academic programs 
on campus and a greater involvement in the 
community. A Boston Globe article on her 
presidency stated, 'Sister Husson's aim was 
to treat students as responsible young 
women... to give them a fair amount of 
freedom in their spiritual, academic, and social 
lives. ..and to train them to become thoughtful 
and intelligent adults.' One of Sr. Husson's 
gifts was a generous spirit, including an open- 
ness to change. When she left Newton, she 
worked in Washington DC as superior of the 
Apostolic Center for retired RSCJs and taught 
GED programs at the Women's Detention 
and Hispanic centers. After more years in 
Boston, Sr. Husson retired to Kenwood 'to 
live a life of recollection, prayer, and small 
services.' We found in Sr. Husson an able 
administrator, a fine professor, and a role model. 
With her quiet demeanor, she was a strong 
and uncompromising woman of great faith 
and a feminist before her time. She believed 
that educated women should be leaders in 
service to others. This is the way she lived. 
Her belief that education did not end at grad- 
uation encouraged us to never stop learning. 
She valued what we were and what we could 
become and challenged us to excel. With 
admiration and love, the members of Newton 
College Class of i960 applaud the recogni- 
tion of Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, as an 
outstanding woman of the Boston College 
community." From all your Sacred Heart 
friends, may you rest in peace! 


Correspondents: Dave and Joan 

Angino Melville 

3 Earl Road 

Bedford, MA 01730; 781-275-6334 

Our condolences go out to Jack Sutton, whose 
wife, Annie, recently passed away. Our 
thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his 
family. • Congratulations to all reading this 
correspondence — you are now a member of 
the 50th anniversary class of Boston College! 
Plans for the year have been under way for 
many months, and several functions have 
already taken place. Thanks to our classmates 
Peggy Ryan Collins, George Downey, Bob 
Sullivan, Ginny O'Neil, Nancy Hebert Drago 
MBA'72, Dick Glasheen, Mary Turbini 
MEd'68, and Paul Brennan MBA'66, who 
have been working tirelessly on the plans. We 
really have to commend these people and the 
many others who have joined the committee 
as the work is never-ending. These include 
Brigid O'Sullivan Sheehan NC'61, David 
Oberhauser, Jack Sutton, Danny Cohen, 
Kevin Fitzpatrick MBA'64, Tom Robinson, 
John Greene, Nino Dilanni, Paula Fitzgerald 


Bloomquist, Maryann Dimario Landry, Jim 
Collins, Ann Wasilauskas Mulligan, and 
Barbara Madden MS'73. Just updating our 
class directory list, chaired by Jack O'Neil, 

MBA'70, is an enormous task. They are 
currently trying to track down 56 "lost or 
missing" class members. Mailings during the 
next few months should keep you updated on 
different events. Also, classmates will be 
contacted relative to making a contribution to 
the class gift. It is hoped that everyone can 
contribute to our legacy with an amount with 
which they feel comfortable. Additionally, our 
classmate Tom Martin, founder and CEO of 
Cramer Productions, has graciously agreed 
to create our own video yearbook and has 
assigned a team of his employees to work 
with our class throughout the year. The team 
is also working on compiling several archival 
materials to supplement, complement, and 
enhance the final product. Ours will be the 
first class to have a video yearbook. Start making 
your plans now for the big reunion in June! 

NC I961 


Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 

1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

Don't forget the dates for our reunion: June 
3-5! • Brigid O'Sullivan Sheehan, Ellen 
MacDonald Carbone, Joan Donohoe O'Neil 
MAT'90, and Maryann Morrissey Curtin met 

for lunch at the Peabody Museum in Salem 
to brainstorm reunion plans. Faith Mead 
Bertrand has been fabulous, trying to find our 
classmates. Please contact Reunion Committee 
members Faith Mead Bertrand, Ellen 
MacDonald Carbone, Rosie Hanley Cloran, 
Maryann Morrissey Curtin, Babs Kager, Linda 
Gray MacKay MA'04, Barbara Feely O'Brien, 
Brigid O'Sullivan Sheehan, or Mary Walsh to 
lend your help. Babs Kager has agreed to do a 
panel. Boston College puts out a yearbook, and 
Newton College is included in it, so we need 
someone to get each member of our class to 
write a general paragraph about themselves. 

• Sr. Gabrielle Husson, MA'51, died on June 30. 
From those who were with her, we learn that 
on that day, as the nurse was getting her up, 
Sr. Husson joined her sister, Alice Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, PhD'63, and the RSCJ communion 
of saints. We are all thankful for this great 
woman. • Judy Vollbrecht, RSCJ, wrote that 
she had been back to Haiti, where she helped 
the CRS and the New Orleans archdiocese 
disperse monies to the indigenous orders that 
have no outside help. She is also taking ESL 
classes in order to teach English when she 
returns. • Tom and Mary Nolan Calise's 
daughter Mary Beth was married in July on 
the Cape. We met up with Bob '59 and Alo 
Coleman Riley there for a wonderful evening. 

• We learned of the death of Beth Good 
Wadden's mother in August, and we send our 
sympathy to her family. • Tim '60, JD'64, and 
Gael Sullivan Daly hosted a luncheon at their 
home in August with BC and NC alums in 
attendance. • Betty Hitchins Wilson and her 
husband visited with Fr. Leo Shea '60, who is 
stationed in Jamaica. I met Fr. Shea at the 
BC'60 reunion. • I hope you all have a won- 
derful Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas. 


Correspondents: Frank and 
Eileen (Trish) Faggiano 

33 Gleason Road 

Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 

Tom Carey, JD'65, is co-chair of the 45th 
reunion of his BC Law School class. • Paul 
McNamara, JD'65, wxce chair of the Catholic 
Lawyers Guild, was chair of the Red Mass 
held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on 
September 26. The Red Mass is the liturgy of 
the Holy Spirit celebrated for the judiciary. 
• Jon Doukas reports that between taking a 
10-day trip to Ireland, a trip to Greece, a 
Mediterranean cruise, and a trip to Israel, he 
is working as VP for Professional Bank 
Services Inc. in Louisville, KY. • Bill Novelline 
celebrated his 70th birthday by taking his 
family (all 18 members) to Migis Lodge in 
South Casco, ME, for the week of July 5. 
Congratulations, Bill! • Margie Dooley Hoey, 
Mary Grenon Dalton, Kathy McPherson 
Hammond, Jane Kilgallen Curren-Kime, and 
Janice Smith Marchetti got together in 
Hanpver to share hearty laughs about their 
lives, retirement activities, the aches and 
pains of aging and, most of all, memories of 
BC days. • Jack MacKinnon wrote to mention 
that he was at a Cape Cod League game, 
picked up a copy of the Cotuit Kettleers base- 
ball program, and noted that Bernie Kilroy, 
who played first base on two championship 
BC baseball teams, was listed as one of the top 
10 pitchers in Cotuit history dating back to 
1961. Bernie and his family live on the Cape, 
and he has a law office in Hyannis. • We are 
sorry to learn that our classmate Alice Farrell 
Price died in June. We extend our condolences 
to her family. 

NC I962 

Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham, MA 02043 

As most of you know, Gabrielle Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, died on June 30. She was an 
amazing woman, and as evidenced in the 
wonderful messages sent by many of you, she 
touched us all in different ways. Sheila Leahy 
Valicenti writes: "I had the greatest respect for 
Mother Husson. She had such a strong 
character and belief in what she stood for." 
Pat McArdle Burns Shaw writes: "I will never 
forget how kind Mother Husson was to me." 
From Mimi Kelly: "Lovely, lovely woman who 
graced my life with her brilliance and quiet 
charm." Mary Jane Moran MacLean writes: 
"What a holy, brilliant, gentle soul... now she 
will take care of all of us." Ginger Wurzer 
O'Neal had "many fond memories of her at 
Newton, along with Mother Quinlan. They 
ran a great ship." • Vicki Capeless Donahue 
attended Sr. Husson's funeral. She writes: 
"It was a very nice liturgy, with hymns and 
readings chosen by Mother Husson. About 
75 attended, mostly patients from Teresian 
House. Afterward, the RSCJ religious, Alice 
Kolb, and I joined in a 'memory sharing,' 


during which everyone referred to Mother 
Husson as Gabrielle or Gaby, which shocked 
me every time." • From Austin, Judy Davin 
Knotts writes: "In May, an NCSH encounter 
amazed me. I was the sacristan for a first 
communion Mass in my parish, St. John 
Neumann. It was a Saturday morning event 
to accommodate all the first communicants 
and tlieir families. I was asked to help since 
I knew many of the children from my years 
as head of St. Gabriel's Catholic School, an 
independent school nearby. I recalled serving 
communion to a woman in a brightly colored 
cardigan. After Mass, she came up to me 
and said, 'I was your classmate at Newton.' It 
was Barbara Lynch Dilatush! She lives in 
Florida and was visiting her daughter and 
son-in-law in Austin for her grandson's first 
communion. When Barbara comes again to 
visit her family, we plan to catch up over 
lunch. Another Newton/BC connection that 
gives me great pleasure is seeing St. Gabriel's 
graduates going to BC. So the Newton bond 
is strong despite the miles." • It was so nice to 
hear from Barbara Fortunato Hurley: "I still 
work full-time as director of communications 
for New Jersey's medical university. I keep 
threatening to retire, but I truly love my job, 
which involves a lot of writing, from speeches 
for the president to articles for our 
magazine." • It has been a big birthday year 
for many of us, giving us a reason to celebrate 
together. The women who gather each year in 
Florida decided, with the encouragement and 
organization of Pat McArdle Burns Shaw, 
Anne Gallagher Murphy, and Janet Richmond 
Latour, to gather in York, ME, for a house 
tour, dinner, and overnight. Also attending 
were Mary Hallisey McNamara; Edwina 
Lynch McCarthy: VV Martin; Robbie Von 
Urff Sweeney; Sue Coogan Stone; Grace 
Kane Kelly; Penny Whelan Kirk MEd'75, 
CAES'81; Marty Pallotta Llewellyn; and I. It is 
always great to catch up with old friends, and 
we all appreciated Pat hosting us. • It was 
great hearing from Cora LePorin: "I keep 
in touch with Rainie Toohill Childs and try 
to meet her for lunch in the city at Christmas. 
I also heard last Christmas from Monica 
Shaughnessy Hayden and Helen Harrington 
Gray and hope to be able to see them during 
this visit to New York or next Christmas." 
• Marsha Whelan is already working on 
getting a website set up for our class. Anyone 
willing to help should contact her at She is looking for 
people with web development skills and also 
for pictures of us at Newton, at reunions, with 
our families, etc. • Our 50th will be here 
before you know it, so let me know of any 
changes in your contact information. 


Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 

121 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02169; ^I'ilS' 1 ! 1 ^ 

Tom Hall reports that this past summer Guy 
Garon, our class quarterback who led the 
Eagles to an 8-2 record in our senior year, was 
honored in his home state of Maine. Guy was 
inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. 
Guy's entire family as well as old friends from 

Biddeford were in attendance. In true BC 
spirit, many former players traveled to Maine 
to honor our classmate. Some of the attendees 
included Tom, Dave O'Brien, Jack Fleming. 
Joe Williams, and Harry Crump, as well as 
Harry Kushigian '64 and John Flanagan '64. 
In addition, other former players who were 
unable to attend sent congratulatory 
messages. It was a great event honoring "one 
of southern Maine's greatest all-around 
schoolboy athletes in the late 1950s." • Ray 
Orley, who has retired to condo living in 
Albuquerque, wrote to report the passing of 
his senior-year roommate, David A. Dillon. 
David, a renowned architecture critic for the 
Dallas Morning News for 25 years, died 
suddenly on June 3 at his home in Amherst, 
where he also taught architecture at Amherst 
College and UMass. He wrote many architec- 
ture-related books and published over 200 
articles, many of which dealt with architectural 
issues in the Dallas area. He remained an avid 
Red Sox fan and cherished time spent at a 
rustic cottage on Maine's Westport Island. He 
had quipped, "The way to work intelligently 
about architecture is to get as far away from it 
as possible. On the coast of Maine, for example." 
He is survived by his wife, Sally, a son, and 
a daughter. • As always, I look forward to 
hearing from you with class news! 

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 

ckm2@ mi 

106 Woodhue Lane 

Caiy, NC 27518; 919-233-0563 

The Sacred Heart community was saddened 
to learn of the death of Gabrielle Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, on June 30. Sr. Husson 
("Mother Husson" to us old-timers) was the 
president of Newton during our time there. 
Remember quieting down as you passed her 
office on the way to SWC? Please keep her 
and all the lovely women who taught us there 
in your prayers. • Jack '63 and Carol Donovan 
Levis have just welcomed their 10th grand- 
child: Thomas John Levis was born on June 
14, 2009, and arrived from Korea at the 
Levises' home on August 6, 2010. He joins 
his older sister, Hannah, and his brother, 
Jackson. • It was wonderful to hear from 
Cathy Arapoff Struve. After graduating from 
Newton, Cathy taught English and American 
literature, American history, and AP Asian 
studies for four years at Newton Country Day 
School. She writes: "The NCDS Class of '65 
honored me with an invitation to celebrate its 
45th reunion at the school on May 1. It was a 
joy to be 'Miss Arapoff again and the recipient 
of so much love — and to be with my former 
students, whom I loved teaching and who are 
a credit to the Sacred Heart ideals. Five of the 
eight students who took my AP course in 
Asian studies went on to major in the subject 
in college. Recently, my paintings have been 
exhibited in Philadelphia. After 35 years of 
living in New York City and exhibiting my 
work there, I am showing my work in 
Philadelphia, where I now live. Visit me if you 
can. I am looking forward to seeing everybody 
at our 50th." • Maureen Sennott O'Leary gets 
to Washington every quarter for her Bread for 
the World board meeting. She and Penny 

Brennan Conaway enjoy the time to catch up. 
• John and Carol Levis, Jim and Penny 
Conaway, and Tom and Colette Koechley 
McCarty joined Maureen O'Leary for a Labor 
Day get-together in East Hampton, NY. • No 
word yet on the plans for a Boston event like 
the New York City Metropolitan Museum 
trip. I'll keep you posted. • Don't forget to 
send your news to me at ckm2@mindspring. 
com. We want to know about all NC'63 
classmates, not just the ones I see. 


Correspondent: John Moynihan 
2j Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

Bill Collins is stepping down from his post as 
the coordinator of BC High's Corcoran Living 
Library Lecture Series. Bill retired from 
teaching at BC High in 2007. • John Hayes, 
MBA'72, has retired from a career in 
business; most recently he taught business at 
Burlington High. • In April, Paul Sullivan was 
elected as selectman in Bridgewater. • Tony 
Spuria has retired from an engineering 
position with Raytheon and is living in 
Baltimore. • Bob Bent's daughter Melissa was 
the subject of a feature article in the June 
issue of Vogue titled "Art Girls Changing 
Their Lives, Changing Their Style: Melissa 
Bent." • Dave Duffy writes: "After six corporate 
moves (IBM, ITT, and GTE) in 30 years, I 
retired and picked up my late wife Judy's 
thriving residential real estate business in 
Bergen County, NJ. I lost Judy in a surgery 14 
years ago. Last week I celebrated my tenth 
anniversary with Karen. Between us, we have 
five sons; all are married, and they have 
blessed us with eight grandchildren." • In 
attendance at a luncheon celebrating Ellie 
Rupp Downey's retirement from HUD were 
classmates Sandra Carboni Natale. Pat Moran 
Ouelett, Sandra Staffier Curtin, and Ursula 
Maglio Lyons. • Steve Duffy has been working 
for the U.S. Census in Las Vegas. Steve will be 
seeing a lot of BC football this season, having 
purchased a partial season ticket among 
several other '64ers in section QQ. • I got 
together with Jim Spillane, SJ, MA'68, 
MDiv'76, for a Red Sox game and went with 
him and Bob Scavullo, from San Francisco, 
for a private Mass and lunch at St. Mary's. Jim 
is teaching at a Jesuit university in Tanzania. 
• I also went to Vermont twice this past 
summer to see Bill Craig's son Liam perform 
at the Weston and Dorset playhouses. Judy 
and I stayed at Arthur Crandall's homey B&B 
in Rutland. • With sadness, I report the 
passing of three classmates: Tom Fallon 
served as mayor of Maiden from 1982 to 1986 
and later as a U.S. administrative law judge 
for the Social Security Administration from 
1994 until the time of his death in August. 
Robert Menard of Palm Coast, FL, died 
in April. He had served as senior VP 
for managed care contracting and network 
development at Care New England Health 
System from 1996 until his retirement in 
December 2006. Also, Tom Kelley, who was 
a longtime alderman in Nashua, NH, died in 
May, and in June we lost Diane (Walsh) 
MacNeil, MS'68, of Belmont. 

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Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

123 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

It is with great sadness that I tell you that our 
dear former president, Sr. Gabrielle Husson, 
MA'51, died on June 30 at Teresian House in 
Albany, NY, at the age of 99. While I was 
reading the NC Class of 1960's reunion 
column in the last issue of this magazine, I 
made a startling (for me, at least) discovery: 
Sr. Husson was an artist — at Reunion in 
June, a painting by Sr. Husson was presented 
to the Alumni Association as a gift from 
Newton, and it now hangs in Alumni House. 
It is nice to know that a part of her is now a 
part of the campus where she presided so 
lovingly from 1955 to 1968. May she rest 
in peace. • Kudos to Kirsis! That would be 
Margot Butler Kirsis, for remembering the 
origins of the song that's been haunting Mary 
Shay McGuire and me for months. It's "Drop 
That Name" from the musical Bells Are 
Ringing. • Ann Marie DeNisco L'Abbate also 
checked in and said that she remembers a lot 
of wordplay around "Thomas Aquinas." Yes, 
we did create our own lyrics, but credit for the 
music still goes to Jule Styne, Betty Comden, 
and Adolf Green. • Mary Jo McDonough 
Barnello in New Jersey has been doing some 
very impressive fundraising for breast cancer. 
She reports that two of her efforts were a huge 
success: Cookies for the Cure and Brownies 
to Beat Breast Cancer, held after Masses on 
two weekends in her area. She also does the 
New York City Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, 
and some of her training walks have had their 
comical moments. During one of them, she 
noticed a life-size statue of a deer on a front 
lawn. But when she got closer, the deer's head 
moved, the deer took off, and Mary Jo said she 
"also picked up speed, going in the opposite 
direction!" She's covering 8-13 miles during 
these walks and says, "Most of the time I'm 
walking solo (my husband is hesitant to go 
beyond the 8-mile route — since I tricked him 
one time, he's now convinced that if I ask him 
to walk 12 miles, it would really translate to 
16!). This is my third year doing the walk, and 
I never stop being amazed by all the wonder- 
ful people." • I'm sorry that I have to end on a 
very sad note. Louise Majewski Dunleavy's 
husband, Barry, died of cancer in June. Our 
thoughts and prayers are with you and your 
family, Louise. 


Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; r j8i- r j 29-118'] 

Joe McLaughlin is an adjunct professor at 
Fordham Law School and an arbitrator and 
mediator practicing law part-time with 
Bingham McCutchen. Joe has been involved in 
some key U.S. Supreme Court death penalty 
cases. He and his wife have three children 
and split their time between New York City 
and the Berkshires. • Fred Voto, MBA'72, 


recently published Vietnam: One Soldier's 
Experience, a memoir about his war experience 
as a rifle platoon leader in 1966-67. Fred was 
part of the 25th Infantry Division in the Cu 
Chi area of Vietnam. He is employed part- 
time at Johnson Memorial Hospital. Peter 
Olivieri said this about the book, "I opened it 
and immediately started to read. I could not 
put it down. It is so very well written that I felt 
I was sharing the experiences with Fred." 

• Bob and Sally Brodley Bettencourt came 
down from Nashua, NH, to reminisce at our 
45th reunion with John and Mary O'Donnell 
Welch, who flew in from Phoenix, and George 
"Tex" Comeaux. Sally says it was great visiting 
with old friends who are so young at heart. 

• Eileen Kopchik Donnelly sent me an e-mail 
saying she wanted to get in touch with Gale 
Ann D'Aquila. Eileen and husband Brian '64 
were selected by the Fulbright Foreign 
Scholarship Board to receive Fulbright grants 
for a four-month assignment in the Russian 
Federation. Both were assigned to Kazan, where 
Eileen was a lecturer of public health and 
nursing at Kazan State Medical University. 
The Donnellys also traveled to Turkey and the 
Ukraine and celebrated the new year in Kiev 
and L'viv. Eileen would like to hear from 
classmates — contact her at 
Eileen is a professor of nursing and the director 
of graduate nursing programs at Jacksonville 
University in Florida. • Sarah Ann and Jim 
Mahoney's daughter Sarah and her husband, 
David Morris, welcomed a new baby, Jonathan, 
in June. Jonathan joins brothers William and 
Peter at home in Wayland. • Neal (Harte) and 
I are thrilled to announce the birth of grandson 
Sean Neal Harte Jr., who was born in August 
to our son Sean and his wife, Therese. Sean is 
welcomed home to Greenwich, CT, by his 
sisters Ellery and Gwendolyn. 

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Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 
3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Teresita Dussaq Herron reports that she has 
made a complete recovery after a diagnosis of 
peritoneal carcinoma. It was a tough year for 
Terry, with two surgeries and three sessions 
of chemotherapy. But she called it a "wonderful 
voyage" in which she felt the love of God and 
the support of her siblings, her children, and 
her buddies. Continued good health, Terry! 
• Joan Mutty McPartlin traveled from Annapolis 
to New York City to spend a weekend with her 
youngest, who was working on a monthlong 
project. I am sure we all share Joan's opinion 
that it is so nice when our kids provide places 
to stay where you want to visit. • Through the 
miracle of modern technology, I recently 
located Kelley Burg Withy. Kelley is a retired 
attorney, living the good life in Hawaii. • Gay 
Friedman and I spent a few days in Savannah 
in May and enjoyed time with Sally Rosenthal 
Smith and her husband, Wally. • Condolences 
to Judy Violick, whose mother passed away at 
the age of 90. A month later, Judy's son 
Justin was married in Washington DC. Both 
Justin and his bride are attorneys and will 
continue to live in DC. Judy and husband 
Larry are working on their bucket list. This 

year they were in Argentina and Chile; thank- 
fully, they had already left Santiago when the 
earthquake struck. They keep busy playing 
duplicate bridge at their club and at tournaments 
that are within their traveling range. • On a 
personal note, I am thrilled to announce the 
arrival of my sixth grandchild and first grandson, 
Evan Finlay Hunt, born on June 3 and adopted 
by my daughter Kelley and her husband, 
Rodney, on June 8. (Imagine my excitement 
during Reunion Weekend — but I couldn't make 
any announcement until the event was finalized 
on June 8.) Thanks to Joan Mutty McPartlin 
for providing resources and information 
about adoption after seeing my posting on 
Facebook that they were hoping to adopt. I 
also enjoyed a wonderful family reunion in Las 
Vegas and Zion National Park in Utah this past 
summer as well as my annual two-month stay 
with my son Mike '90 and his family in Denver. 
• Best wishes for happy holidays and a healthy 
and rewarding 2011. Please stay in touch. 


Correspondent: Dane Baird 

104 Sfiven Iron Court 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082; 904-373-0982 

Walter Casey is retired and lives in Darien, 
CT, with his wife, Ronni. Daughter Karen '98 
lives in Marblehead and has delivered a Casey 
legacy in daughter Alisa. Daughter Suzy '00 
lives in London. • Chris Eidt has established a 
scholarship in son Kevin's name at the Carroll 
School of Management and at Norwalk High 
School. The fund has absolutely rocketed in 
size. Give Chris a call to learn more about this 
worthy cause for his son, who was felled during 
a pickup basketball game his BC freshman 
year. • On November 11, 2009, we honored 
five classmates whose lives were sacrificed for 
their country: Joe Campbell (Navy Cross for 
Valor); John Coll; naval aviator Tom Lufkin; 
Dan Minahan; and Dick O'Leary. Attending 
the ceremony were Paul Delaney, Morgan 
Costello, Dick Daniels JD'69, Rod Dwyer, 
Frank Pados, Mike Hyland, Mike Quirke, 
Trish O'Leary, and this correspondent, as well 
as John's brother Tom Coll, and Tommy's 
brother Paul Lufkin '64. • Last fall, Rod 
Dwyer hosted Kent Bailey, John Hauser, and 
Paul Delaney for golf in Tappahannock, VA. 

• John Gorman, MEd'70, is an HR consultant, 
traveling frequently to Singapore. He lives in 
Media, PA. • Bill Swift is retired from Ford 
and lives in Severna Park, MD, and Naples, 
FL. • John Wilkins retired from Norton 
Corporation and lives in Westborough and 
Norway, ME. • Joella and I visited Faye and 
Moe Giguere (a former Eagle keeper), who are 
currently struck by travel lust since their son 
Nathan entered the University of Delaware. 
Nathan is majoring in mechanical engineering 
and mathematics and plays first violin at UD. 
Swapping homes through HomeExchange. 
com, Moe and Faye spent two or three weeks 
in Florence, Brittany, and Vancouver and 
then departed for the Bay of Plenty in New 
Zealand. "Life is good, and the world makes 
sense. See you at the 45th," greets Moe. 

• Coming soon is a class website run by Mike 
Quirke and Mike Hyland, new partners in 
Merrimack Software. • Dick Sullivan retired 


from the CIA — he served two years with the 
DC/IG and six years at IMF. His legal career 
began at BU Law School and ran to the JAG 
Corps, including Vietnam, Nazi-hunting, and 
the Inspector General's Office, working with 
IG Bill Hitz. His children followed in their 
dad's footsteps — son Michael into the Marine 
Corps, including service in Afghanistan, and 
daughter Kathleen into law in New York. Dick 
is devoted to two major hobbies: triathlons 
and motorcycle touring. He is also providing 
hospice support, primarily for veterans. 
• Honor us with your presence for our 45th. 

NC I966 

Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing 

Santa Ft, NM 87507; 505-474-3162 

Put this on your calendars now: our 45th 
reunion will take place June 3-5, 2011! More 
information will follow — and you can also join 
the Newton '66 Facebook page for more 
frequent updates. • Gail Lavin Reardon reports 
that both her daughters became mothers last 
year, making Gail a grandmother of Kai and 
Amelia. Gail lives in Boston's Back Bay, where 
she runs a business she started 18 years ago, 
a gap-year consulting service called Taking Off. 
You can read more about it at www.takingoff. 
net. • Condolences are offered to the family of 
Marguerite Nolan Donovan, who died of breast 
cancer on July 10. Maggie and husband Ed 
settled in Harwich Port after their marriage, 
and their three children — Edward, Kate, and 
Liz — were all born there. Her obituary reports 
that Maggie became a vital member of the 
Harwich community, serving as longtime 
president of the Harwich Junior Theatre. She 
also chaired the board of trustees of the 
Brooks Free Library for several years and led 
the efforts to rebuild the library — and the 
renovated and expanded building won a pres- 
ervation award for the town. In the late 1980s, 
Maggie returned to school and earned a master's 
in early childhood education from Wheelock. 
She taught first grade on the Cape for many 
years and worked with Harvard's Project Zero 
to build fruitful connections between children, 
teachers, and academics. For this work, and for 
her own workshops on progressive curriculum 
development, she traveled to Cuba and Peru 
and throughout the United States. The obituary 
concludes: "She was dedicated to family, 
community, education, and social justice." In 
December, Maggie wrote me her last Christmas 
card, saying, "I have been struggling with a 
reoccurrence of breast cancer for several 
years. My world is very small and quiet, but 
I find joy in the beauty of the Cape and in 
family and friends." Maggie, I'll miss you. 


Correspondents: Charles and 

Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Dick McHugh '56 writes of meeting Joe 
Chanda in Melbourne, FL. Joe, a dermatologist, 

has been practicing medicine in Melbourne 
for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Xavier 
High School in New Jersey and Georgetown 
Medical School (1971). • Jack Lambert writes 
that he and Cheri have been living at Sea Trail 
Plantation in Sunset Beach, NC, for the past 
eight years. While at one of their social events 
(TGIF at the owner's pavilion), they met Mary- 
Alice and Mike Jerome; more recently, they 
also met Paula and George Currivan. 
Although they did not really know each other 
at BC, they wound up living in the same 
neighborhood. Mike and Jack now play golf 
together on Saturdays. Small world. • I recently 
ran into Bill Connolly (William M., A&S) at 
the gym and Joe Cappadona, MSW'75, in 
Braintree. Joe owns and manages the Meineke 
muffler shop at the South Shore Plaza. • In 
August, we attended the wedding of Catherine 
O'Leary '03, MEd'08, on Cape Cod. She is the 
daughter of our classmate Joe O'Leary, JD'70, 
and Carolyn Brady O'Leary NC'68. Catherine 
married Kyle Milbier, the nephew of classmate 
Dennis Griffin. • Last, I am sorry to report, we 
have lost two of our classmates. Robert 
Thomas "Tom" Kleinknecht died on February 
13 in Naples, FL. Tom was a realtor in the 
Naples area. Originally from Oradell, NJ, he 
was an economics major at BC. The class 
extends its condolences to Tom's family and 
friends. Also, Angela Fiore Cosgrove died of 
a massive coronary and stroke in April. 
Angela was widowed and had adult children. 
She was originally from Winchester but was 
living in Chelmsford at the time of her death. 
The class offers its condolences to her family 
and many friends. 

NC I967 

Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033-1212: 703-709-0896 

I'd like to first thank those who responded to 
my late summer e-mail request for news. If 
you didn't get an e-mail, it means I don't have 
your address. Please send it so you can be 
included in other class communications from 
me. If you use only USPS, I can work with that 
too if you let me know. • Nancy Scheiderbauer 
Mahoney reported in from her home in Delaware. 
Retired after teaching French for 15 years at 
Wilmington Friends School, she now works 
with her husband in his consulting business. 
She has five "grands" in Washington DC and 
near Pittsburgh, and her mother lives in Florida, 
so she does a lot of traveling. When at home, 
she enjoys gardening, playing tennis, reading, 
cooking, and tutoring underserved children. 
To add to her fun, she is learning a new 
language. • Josie Higgins Rideg wants all to know 
that she is another of us grandmothers — 
number eight was born last March. She 
retired from her job at the Chapel School in 
Sao Paulo three years ago and is enjoying life, 
gardening, reading, knitting, swimming, and 
walking. Her family is very international: One 
daughter is married to an Austro-German, 
and her son is married to a southern Brazilian. 
They all live in Sao Paulo. Her youngest 
daughter married a Spaniard and lives in 
Chile, so their children are Chilean. The family 
safely weathered the earthquake in that country 

last spring just before the birth of their 
second daughter, and in July, the whole family 
gathered in Sao Paulo for the baby's baptism. 
Josie loved having everyone together for this 
special occasion. Josie will not be held down 
and hopes to make a trip up our way for our 
next reunion. • For those who saw the monthly 
publication On Wall Street, did you recognize 
Kathleen Doran Hegenbart on the cover? 
And to anyone who was at a Cole Haan store 
in mid-May, could you pick out my youngest 
daughter and me in two shots in their collages? 
(I don't really expect anyone would have 
since the pictures were taken 30 years ago! 
But it was fun for us to see them used.) 

• Many recent messages told of travels taken. 
Watch for these reports next time. Until then, 
remember to keep your contact information 
current, and please send news as it happens 
as well as prayer requests for the Prayer Net. 

• Let's pray for "less winter" this season! 
God bless. 


Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

Tlie Brentwood 323 

11500 San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Greetings, classmates! • Kevin O'Kane 

has published a new book, titled Omaha, 
dramatizing the dangers to privacy, the 
public infrastructure, and national security 
posed by today's highly interconnected 
electronic culture. It is available in e-book 
format at Kevin is a 
professor of computer science at the 
University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, 
but he spends his summers in Hyannis. • In 
June, in celebration of the 25th AIDS Walk 
Boston, the AIDS Action Committee honored 
25 individuals who have made invaluable 
contributions to the fight against AIDS. 
Richard Giglio was recognized for his service 
as walk coordinator from 1986 to 1990, when 
he worked with the walk director and 
hundreds of volunteers to raise $6.5 million 
for AIDS care and services. He singles this 
out as the proudest accomplishment of his 
life. Richard is a real estate consultant in 
Boston. • We all extend our sincere sympathy 
to the family of Ed McManus of Natick, 
who passed away in April. • Ed McDonald 
continues his acting career, playing Fr. 
Flanagan in the 2010 film The Sinatra Club. 
Ed is a litigation partner in the New York 
office of the international law firm Dechert 
LLP. We all loved our favorite class thespian's 
performance of himself in the Oscar- 
nominated film Goodfellas. In fact, Ed was 
recently recognized by Film Comment maga- 
zine for the No. 3 performance all-time of 
someone playing himself. Rated above Ed 
were only the Beatles in A Hard Day's Night 
and Fred Dalton Thompson in Marie. • Joe 
Gannon, JD'72, a member of the Governors 
Club in Chapel Hill, NC, recently chose 
a unique way to select teams for a golf 
challenge: Big Ten alumni vs. ACC alumni. 
Forty golfers competed in a four-ball match 
play format, with the ACC besting the Big 
Ten! This has since become an annual event. 
Local charities shared in the proceeds, 


including the North Carolina Children's 
Hospital and the Chatham OutReach Alliance 
Food Pantry. • Congratulations, BC Class of 
1968, for all your good deeds, making our 
world a better place! 

NC I968 

Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

California, here we come! The e-mails are flying 
back and forth — looks like 21 of us will meet 
in Napa in September. More on that next 
time. • Right now, Tita Sabadie reports on a 
wedding she attended in Woodstock, VT, this 
past August. She ran into Barbara Hensler 
and her mother, Maryann Kenney, and Cara 
Finnegan Groman, MBA'74, as well as Jane 
Ackerman NC'69. The bride, Pat Lynch, was 
also a member of the Newton College Class 
of 1969. Four grandchildren were in the 
wedding party! To quote Tita, "This shows it 
is never too late to find wedded bliss!" • My 
new Facebook friend, Joyce Southard Finnegan, 
MEd'71, lives in Plymouth with her husband, 
Dick '66, MSW'68. She is a project coordinator 
for the Chilton Development, which entails 
selling properties and assisting buyers as a 
site contractor, making sure that everything 
arrives as promised. She and Dick have been 
breeding and showing dogs for the past 25 
years. She is also involved with the Gregory 
A. Rand Lung Cancer Foundation. Joyce was 
originally in the teaching profession. • Jane 
Sullivan Burke and Pat McVoy Cousins are 
among our most recently retired teachers. 
Congrats and good luck with whatever you 
choose to do next. • There are so many fun 
and interesting things to pursue. I'd love you 
all to share what you've found. E-mail me or 
find me on Facebook! 


Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

3g Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

On April 17, the Saturday night before the 
Boston Marathon, Jim'68 and Marge (Waite) 
Geary, Frank and Pat (Zisa) Anzalotti, 
Maureen (Nally) Castellana, Sue (Budassi) 
Sheehy PhD'io, and Kevin JD'77 and Nancy 
(Kelly) Sharkey got together for their annual 
minireunion. This event happens every year 
when Jim and Marge travel from Sacramento, 
CA, to the Boston area so Jim can run in 
the Boston Marathon. • Sue Sheehy became 
a Double Eagle on May 24, when she 
was awarded a PhD in nursing at the BC 
Commencement. Sue's dissertation was "A 
Nurse-Coached Exercise Program to Increase 
Muscle Strength, Improve Quality of Life, 
and Increase Self-Efficacy in People with 
Tetraplegic Spinal Cord Injuries." Her BC 
undergrad roommate, Pat Anzalotti, joined 
Sue for the weekend festivities along with 
Sue's son John and her 10 "adopted" BC 
undergrads and their families. • Tom Busch, 
H'04, was recently reelected co-chair of 

the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, 
the board that distributes funds from the 
State of Alaska to public radio stations. • Ann 
(Bransfield) Wallace was back in the 
Boston area for her 45th reunion — Natick 
High School Class of 1965. Ann lives in 
Rye, NY, where she is a counselor for the Rye 
Neck schools. 

NC I969 

Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello 

4088 Meadowcreek Lane 
Copley, OH 44321 

Greetings! • I heard from Pam DeLeo Delaney, 

who reports that she recently attended the 
annual Elmhurst cocktail party at Carnegie 
Abbey in Rhode Island and had a wonderful 
chat with Julie Lombardi Goulet and Mary 
Woodcock. Julie is retired from the Pawtucket 
schools, where she taught for 38 years, and 
Mary is a librarian in New Hampshire. 
Although Julie and Mary did not attend 
Elmhurst, they were invited as part of the 
Sacred Heart community. Pam also reports 
that Ana Perez's daughter Christina recently 
graduated from college and is now in grad 
school at MIT. Ana is still in the Boston area 
and doing well. Mary "Bebee" (Carroll) Linder 
and son Max visited Pam for an overnight in 
Bristol, RI, on what was to have been a trip to 
Block Island — prevented by the rainiest 
week of the year. While in Bristol, Max, an 
accomplished fisherman, caught several 
baby bluefish and was thrilled with the experi- 
ence. Pam enjoyed "sitting on the dock of the 
bay" watching the activity and the pure joy 
that young kids have in life. She'd like to re- 
capture some of that herself. Who wouldn't? 
At home in Sleepy Hollow, NY, Bebee is plan- 
ning a renovation of her house. Pam also has 
started a new business, Pam Delaney LLC. 
After many years as the head of the New York 
City Police Foundation, she will now be con- 
sulting with cities and towns nationwide that 
want to establish or strengthen a police foun- 
dation. She is enjoying the freedom from 
the daily grind that a full-time position de- 
manded. She found that with the explosion of 
e-mail, BlackBerries, and other forms of 
communication, boards, employers, and cli- 
ents expected her to be available 24/7. She is 
currently working with the cities of Newark 
and Boston and with several universities that 
have criminal justice programs. This new 
business arrangement gives her more control 
over her time, and she likes that. It permitted 
a trip to Ireland with family. Thank you, Pam, 
for helping me keep our class spirit alive. • 
Susan Davies Maurer recently completed 
another wonderful cruise. Many sites were 
visited, but Egypt of the Pharaohs came alive 
as she and her husband, Bob, toured the 
pyramids. Remember that book? • Kathy 
Hartnagle Halayko and her family recently 
spent a week on Kiawah Island. • Jill 
Hendrickson Daly spent several days on the 
New Hampshire coast with her family and 
her two granddaughters, and this past 
summer, my husband and I traveled to Maine 
to visit two of my brothers. We ate as much 
lobster as we could find! • Any other travelers 
out there? 


Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 


15 George Street 

Wayland, MA 01778; 508-655-140.7 

Hi, gang! In the mood of enjoying a little 
afterglow from our great 40th reunion last 
June, a tip of the hat must go out to a superb 
job done by our fundraising committee. Final 
results show that, with their efforts and your 
support, over $5 million was raised from our 
class, with a 37.1 percent participation rate. 
That rate set a new record for 40th reunion 
classes and earned special recognition from 
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., at 
the prereunion cocktail party — a tribute to all 
of you and the work of committee members 
Tony Beirne, John Bronzo JD'74, Pat Carney, 
Paul Connolly, Peter Dalton, Frank Doyle 
MBA'75, Susan McManama Gianinno, Mike 
Mingolelli, and George Rovegno. Special 
thanks to all who donated. • A few other 
thoughts this time: I got a nice note from 
stockbroker Ed Murray, who reports that after 
a number of moves, he's now back to living in 
Everett where it all began. His wife, Mary, is 
working at New England Baptist Hospital, 
while their four children — Matt, Mary 
Elizabeth, Dan, and Ann — are in the Boston 
area getting their careers under way. Ed made 
particular note of some memorable days in 
Lyons Hall (that haven for all us commuters) 
and the large part that BC has played in his 
life. • Architect Richard Habecker sent a note all 
the way from Natick (next town to Wayland), 
where he lives with his wife, Emily Mowbray, 
also an architect, and daughter Sophie (8). He 
may have started a little late in the family 
department but can now enjoy soccer practice 
and some of the other rituals of youth that 
most of us can only remember. Too bad that 
when Sophie gets to Natick High in a few 
years, she won't have John Hughes, MEd'75, 
for a principal. John retired at the end of June 
after 8 years as principal and 40 years teaching 
in the Natick school system. John showed his 
administrative mettle a couple of years ago 
when the town was embroiled in a local con- 
troversy over naming the school sports teams. 
Although a lifelong resident of the town who 
surely had some feelings, he stayed above the 
fray and kept his eyes focused on education; 
the young people of Natick are all the better 
for it. • Another retirement that will be in 
effect by time you read this is that of Paul 
Connolly, after a career at the Federal Reserve 
Bank of Boston. Paul has been with the bank 
for 36 years, the last 16 as COO. Long, pros- 
perous, and happy retirements to both John 
and Paul and their families. • See you all next 
time — keep those cards and letters coming in. 

NC I97O 

Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 
3251 Klingle Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

It's never too late! And a good friend forgives. 
On both assumptions, I contacted several 
long-lost friends, finding them well and — 


yes — forgiving. • Clare Cuddy, in Georgetown, 
is director of education at the Smithsonian's 
National Museum of the American Indian. 
Her work is fascinating — for instance, exam- 
ining contemporary environmental programs 
rooted in traditional native culture. Experience 
aside, she hasn't changed — the same ready 
humor, fun-loving spirit, and thoughtfulness 
that entice you to while away the afternoon 
with her. Susan Schruth NC'71 recently 
retired from tire Federal Transit Administration. 
I located both through BC's Energy & 
Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN), 
which I recommend joining: 

• I saw Meg Finn at Takoma Park's Farmers 
Market, which we've both frequented for 
decades without meeting. Meg and husband 
David are healthy and happy. She and her son 
sell Maryland real estate. She said she enjoyed 
DCs annual Newton tea. Also attending the 
tea were Sheila Walker and husband Mike 
Young. Sheila, retired after 35 years in federal 
government HR, tutors children and is 
mastering bridge. She takes bridge instruction, 
plays four days a week, and competes nationally. 
Honored to be tapped for a regional team 
where players boast 1,200 master points, she 
hopes to compete internationally. Her advice: 
"Bridge is not for the fainthearted." • Jane 
Garvey Reilly suggests we help locate each 
other. So, heading south this winter? Contact 
snowbird Marcia McGrath Abbo and year- 
round resident Jane Garvey Reilly (Miami); 
Penny Poor Dolara (enjoying every minute of 
Coral Gables); Alison Youngs Caughman and 
Kathy Sheehan (long-time Atlanta residents); 
Katchy Clarke-Pearson (Chapel Hill); Ann 
Impink Hall (Chattanooga); and Christina 
Anderson Jones (Murfreesboro, TN). Also 
last located down South — current news 
sought: Karen O'Keefe Morrison (Tampa), 
Helena Tilton (Boynton Beach, FL), Janet 
Roddy (Augusta), Barbara Gillespie Childs 
(Emerald Isle, NC), and Elizabeth McGoldrick 
Trought (Winterville, NC). And if you contact 
friends from 40 years ago, thank Jane. 

• Fifty-three classmates attended the reunion; 
40 percent of classmates made reunion gifts. 
Congratulations, Newton'70! Thanks to all who 
helped fundraise! Meryl Ronnenberg Baxter 
observed: "It was wonderful. nice to see 
everyone and catch up. It was a bit sobering 
too; we are moving along on life's journey!" 
Indeed, we are. • Please pray for Cathleen 
Flaherty- Vella ("Mare Flare"), who passed away. 
Her strength, goodness, and indomitable 
spirit touched many lives; we will miss her 
sorely. Karen LaRue Valencia says, "May she 
rest in peace" — a fitting tribute for one who 
strove to bring peace to all! 


Correspondent: James R. Macho 

gog Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA g4iog 

Joe Collins reports that after many years in 
the commercial fishing and treasure-hunting 
business off Cape Cod, John "Juan" Beyer has 
now become a mortgage broker. He still lives 
in Yarmouth Port on the Cape, but he has 
gone international with real estate sales in 
Costa Rica. This has required him to brush up 

on his Spanish, which he learned from his 
legendary high-school teacher, Dr. Alphonso 
Tous. John's current hobbies include boating 
in Eastham; traveling with his Italian 
girlfriend, Alessandra; and following BC sports. 
• That's all, folks! Please send me an e-mail 
with your current activities and milestones. 

NC I97I 

Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

On June 3-5 — in barely six months' time — 

the Newton College Class of '71 will celebrate 

its 40th reunion! Mark your calendars — we 

hope to see you there! • Also, importantly at 

this juncture, the Class of '71 is seeking a new -j. j ^~, t fx 1-7 '-) 

correspondent for this column. If you would I> v_, J. M / Zi 

like to volunteer to serve in this position, 

please contact Betsy McLain, class notes 

editor, at or at the above 

address. Help your classmates to share their 

life's events; to stay informed of class activities; 

and to remain connected to other Newton 

College alumnae as well as the greater BC 

community! • In other news: Newton College 

'71 class members continue to be actively 

engaged with the Council for Women at 

Boston College. Most recently, in August, 

Anne Duffey Phelan hosted a member 

reception at her home in Harwich Port. 

door neighbor of Bobby Orr) and Joe Tierney, 

JD'76, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers 
in Boston. Henry and Suzanne's son Daniel, 
JD'06, practices law with Ropes & Gray 
in Boston, where Ken Felter is a partner. • It 
turns out I was too optimistic when I noted 
the absence of obituaries in my last column. 
We've lost Dan Reardon, an insurance broker 
formerly of Reading, PA, who passed away 
last spring in Ireland. Dan was a mainstay of 
the Eagles' freshman football and basketball 
teams as a tight end and as a power forward, 
respectively. We also lost Charlie Kuruc, a 
neighbor of mine on the second floor of 
Fenwick Hall during sophomore year, who 
had a long career in the military. Charlie was 
stationed in Hawaii for much of his career, 
but later moved to Livermore, CA, where he 
passed away last spring. 

Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard 
7526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 



Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

530 South Barrington Avenue, No. 110 

Los Angeles, CA goo^g 

I've had another chance to meet Athletic 
Director Gene DeFilippo since my last 
column. He visited LA in June, along with 
hockey coach Jerry York '67, MEd'70, 
CAES'73, for an alumni event that I attended 
along with Orange County retiree Ed Jantzen, 
JD'75. Gene and Jerry were in especially good 
humor, not just because of the Eagles latest 
hockey championship but also because of the 
Atlantic Coast Conference's new TV contract, 
which will enrich the athletic department 
greatly. The Alumni Association staff who 
were there mentioned that they had just met 
with Gerry McGovern, a partner in the San 
Francisco office of Sidley Austin, who was 
about to leave on a trip to South Africa to at- 
tend the World Cup. Gerry specializes in the 
fields of public finance and health care at the 
firm. One of his partners in the Chicago office 
(which once employed the Obamas) is Bob 
Maganuco, who specializes in real estate and 
real estate finance. • I made another happy 
60th birthday call, this time to Mike Spatola, 
and learned that there was a surprise party 
that included our most stably employed class- 
mate, Henry Ward, who's been at Grossman 
Marketing Group (formerly Massachusetts 
Envelope Co.) since graduation. Also attending 
were Henry's wife, Suzanne (Quealy), and 
Greenwich assistant town attorney Gene 
McLaughlin. Henry reports that he plays golf 
with Cape Cod retiree Jim Giarrusso (next- 

Our beloved Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA'51, 
passed away on June 30. Her beautiful life 
touched many. Please keep her in our prayers. 
View notes about Sr. Husson at www.rscj. 
org/node/1207. • In July, our classmate 
Elizabeth "Betsy" Mankin Kornhauser was 
appointed senior curator of American paint- 
ing at New York's Metropolitan Museum 
of Art. She started her new position in 
September. Betsy was previously the Krieble 
curator of American painting and sculpture at 
Hartford's Wads worth Atheneum Museum 
of Art, where she worked for 26 years, serving 
as acting director of the museum in 2000. 
She is the author of a number of books on 
American art, including Marsden Hartley: 
American Modernist and American Paintings 
before 1945 in the Wadsworth Atheneum. Betsy 
and her husband, Stephen — who is the 
Wadsworth's chief conservator — live in West 
Hartford. • Please take a moment to see the 
video from the July conference "Sacred Heart 
Spirituality in a Globalized World": www.rscj. 
org/node/1210. Yes, you will recognize 
several dear friends from our days at Newton. 
Also, now is an excellent time to update our 
alumni information with our new residential 
and e-mail addresses. 


Correspondent: Patricia DiPillo 
ig Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

Whether you're still putting the finishing 
touches on that tan or getting ready for fall, 
this column rocks with news this time. Ready? 
• In June, Tony Nuzzo, chairman, president, 
and CEO of First Commons Bank, was named 
Executive of the Year in Financial Services at 
the 2010 American Business Awards pro- 
gram in New York City. This is the only 
national, all-encompassing business awards 
program in the United States and featured 
2,700 nominees in 11 categories. Tony was in 

excellent company: winners of the Executive 
of the Year award in other categories included 
Steve Jobs of Apple, Larry Ellison of Oracle, 
Paul Jacobs of Qualcomm, and Barry Salzberg 
of Deloitte, and the judges and advisors for 
the awards included Donald Trump and 
best-selling author Tom Peters. • Our classmate 
Fr. Peter J. Uglietto has been appointed by the 
pope to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese 
of Boston. He was ordained on September 14 
in Boston. He becomes the second priest from 
our class to be ordained a Catholic bishop. 

• The law firm of Duane Morris received 
considerable recognition in the Chambers USA 
survey of the American legal profession this 
year, highlighting many of the firm's practices 
and attorneys; Paul D. Moore, JD'76, was 
among those honored. Paul advises on business 
reorganization, loan workouts, bankruptcy, and 
litigation. • Christine Donovan Graber was 
married to Frank Moynihan on November 29, 
2009, at BC's Connors Center in Dover. The 
wedding was attended by their families and 
friends, including Chris's three sons and their 
wives, her five grandchildren, and her parents, 
Mary and John Donovan '39, BC professor 
emeritus of sociology. Chris is a former VP of 
marketing for Clarks footwear and is currently 
principal of a marketing firm helping urban 
retailers for HUD. She and Frank live in Walpole. 

• And finally, John "Dino" Donovan just retired 
from the Boston Police as the supervisor in 
charge of the Crimes Against Children unit, 
where he had been investigating sexual and 
physical abuse and neglect of children and 
internet exploitation of children for the last 10 
years of his service. When he retired, he took 
a seven-week cross-country trip by car, returning 
by train to Boston from Washington along the 
northern border. Get in touch with John at • Keep the news 
coming, and let's hear from some female 
executives next time. 

NC I973 

Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 

PO Box 1207 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 

Priscilla Duff Perkins and her husband 
celebrated the marriage of their oldest, Bilk to 
Dana Rasmussen at the Napa Valley Country 


Club in California on July 10. Their pictures 
on Facebook are so beautiful. Sadly, her 
father, Daniel Duff, died in August, just short of 
94 years of age. He left 9 children, 27 grand- 
children, and 16 great-grandchildren. I looked 
up Mr. Duff online to get to know him — what 
a remarkable man! As Priscilla said, "His life 
was full of love, and he died peacefully. What 
more could anyone want?" So true and a 
bittersweet summer for Priscilla and her family. 
• Nancy Warburton DeSisto found out the 
hard way that wasp stings are dangerous for 
her — that botanical farm she has out back 
seems to be a catch-22. After the ED visit, an 
EpiPen became her new best friend — ouch! 
She and Michael headed south on their boat, 
utilizing her skills from the Newton sailing 
team. • Lynn Terry Tacher, MEd'75, reports 
that her son Geoff bought a house in Charlotte, 
and she once again helped with the painting 
(she had painted her daughter's house earlier). 
She painted a table for me once — a copy of a 
Marimekko print. Gorgeous! I had that table 
until last year and thought of her every time I 
used it. Since her initials were prominently on 
it, along with mine and those of Mary Waldert 
Hopkins NC'74 and Rev. Jack Kelly, the semi- 
narian who was a great friend of ours, it was 
difficult not to think of her. This fall, she 
is teaching a class on autism at Sorrento 
Elementary, a new school that is opening near 
her home. Keep in mind her open invitation 
to visit her in Mt. Dora, FL, which seems like 
a piece of heaven. • Kathryn McDonough 
Hinderhofer is now at NBH Holdings in Boston 
after a long career at Citizens Financial Group. 
Her older daughter, Emily, is a senior at BC, 
and Katie is starting as a freshman. Seems 
like we all are having a continuing connection 
to BC, which is a good thing! • Mary Ellroy, 
MBA'78, competed in a half-mile swim race 
benefit for breast cancer as part of a relay- 
triathlon in Webster. • This correspondent 
desperately needs your input — as you can see 
I'm becoming redundant. So write me, call me, 
e-mail me, Facebook me — just get in touch with 
news and ideas. • Have a merry Christmas! 


Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 

35 Stratton Lane 
Foxhorough, MA 02035 


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I hope you and your family are having a won- 
derful fall. • Our family had our first wedding 
when our oldest son, Jim '02, married BC 
classmate Colleen Kelly '02. The next week- 
end, we were able to continue the celebration 
at the wedding of Ed, MEd'75, and Paula 
Fraser Donnelly's son. What wonderful times 
for our families! • I hope to see you at our 
class event this winter. It's still being planned, 
so please watch the mail for details and try to 
join us. • Speaking of class get-togethers, after 
my plea for news in the last column, I got 
some help (and a dare to print it!) from my 
friend John McCafferty: "Having only recent- 
ly recovered from the 2009 reunion, a few 
members of the class got together recently for 
dinner in Boston to celebrate their 41st re- 
union: John Colbert, John Marenghi, Paul 
Mastrangelo, Jack McCafferty, and Lance 
Stuart. It was an unparalleled success, as each 
was able to finish dinner without spilling any 
food or drink on his tie! After a few hours of 
regaling each other with stories they had all 
heard before, they said their good-byes and 
returned to their mundane, everyday 
lives. Three of the group then sneaked off to 
Mary Ann's to try to relive their youth, suc- 
ceeding in closing the place for old times' 
sake." Thanks, Jack! • Take care, and please 
send some news. Have a happy, healthy, and 
blessed new year. 

NC I974 

Correspondent: Beth Docktor Nolan 

693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 024^3 

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Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

14c) Lincoln Street 

Norwood, MA 02062; y8i-y6g-g^42 

It was great to hear from Chuck Hopkins, 
JD'79, who had a fantastic reunion weekend 
with the Class of '75 and also thoroughly 
enjoyed his BC Law Class of '79 reunion. 
He enjoyed renewing acquaintances with 
classmates he had not seen in years. Chuck 
practices law in Red Bank on the Jersey 
Shore. He heads up a firm with 10 lawyers 
specializing in personal injury defense with 
concentrations in the defense of nurses, 
nursing homes, commercial businesses, and 
other professionals. His daughter Courtney 
'06 remained in Boston after graduating from 
BC and is starting work on her doctorate in 
psychology at Northeastern. Daughter Ashley, 
who is in the Class of 2012 in the College of Arts 
and Sciences, intends to go into marketing 
and has been doing some modeling to help 
pay her way through BC. Daughter Brooke 
joined the Class of 2014 this fall to study 
premed. Chuck is in the process of organizing 
a BC alumni chapter on. the Jersey Shore, 
where about 900 alumni reside. He hopes 
more folks can attend the next reunion and 
welcomes a reach-out from old friends. • In 
August, Russ Ryan and three colleagues from 
the consultancy ZweigWhite formed Rusk 
O'Brien Gido+Partners (www.rog-partners. 


com), which will provide business planning, 
ownership transition, and merger and acqui- 
sition consulting services to engineering, 
architectural, and environmental consulting 
firms worldwide. Russ had been director 
of corporate development at ZweigWhite. 
• Here's wishing you all a very merry 
Christmas and holiday season. All the best 
to you for a happy and healthy 201 1. 

NC I975 

Correspondent: Mary Stevens McDermott 


\6 Deer Meadow Lane 


Chatham, MA 02633; 5°&~945~ 2 477 

Hello, ladies! Where are you? After 
wonderful reunion weekend, I think everyone 
went into hiding for the summer. It was glorious 
here; I know those of you in the DC area 
suffered. The answer to that is: "Next summer 
I'm going to Mary's!" • I had a great four days 
at the New Hampshire lake house of Nancy 
Coughlin Ferraro, MEd'77, with the old Hardy 
gang — Liz Mahoney Flaherty, Louise Paul 
Morin, Lisa Antonelli DellaPorta, and Cyndee 
Crowe Frere — the self-proclaimed "Ladies of 
the Lake." We put together small gatherings 
like this — we eat, sleep, and never stop talking! 
So much fun. • I had a nice note from de la 
(Sr. Frances de la Chapelle) thanking us so 
much for honoring her with the reunion year 
scholarship. She is living in Cambridge. I can 
put you in touch if you'd like her address. 
Otherwise, you must all have been busy with 
weddings and new grandchildren, gardens 
and fabulous vacations, new jobs and plans 
for the fall. Send along your news so we can 
have a busy column in the next issue. I am 
working on that contact list from Joanne 
Manfredi's infamous address book and will 
get it out to you ASAP. • I know that we have 
a handful of classmates who are facing some 
serious health issues. Please remember these 
friends, other Newton alumnae, and their 
families. • I'm looking forward to your 
e-mails! Have a great end of the year and 
please remember to pray for peace. 


Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

I begin with sad news: Michael Troop died 
suddenly last May at his home in Ramsey, Nf . 
He graduated from BC with an accounting 
degree and then earned his master's in busi- 
ness administration from Fairleigh Dickinson 
University. He was a longtime employee of 
Citibank. A dedicated husband and father, he 
is survived by his wife, Donna Famularo, 
daughters Jennifer and Melissa, his parents, 
and a sister. • Paul K. "Bud" Thomas passed 
away at home in Canton last July after a brief 
illness. A highly regarded accountant in 
Canton and environs, Bud was known for his 
sense of humor and his reliability in all 
things. He leaves his wife, Cynthia (Sareault) 
'79, his children (Michael, Christopher and 
Katie), his father, and two siblings. • Santa Fe, 

Joseph "Jay" Hooley III '79, P'10 


While he may have spent part of his 
twenties on a motorcycle — 
"leather jacket and all" — Joseph 
"Jay" L. Hooley III '79, P'10, has devoted 
more time, especially in recent decades, to 
building toward a paramount position in the 
financial services industry. 

Earlier this year, Hooley was named 
president and CEO of State Street », v ,™ 

Corporation, continuing his successful 
career at the Boston-based global leader in 
asset management and asset servicing. 

He takes the helm amid relative turmoil 
for financial institutions and understands 
that trust tops today's list of fundamental 
business principles. j a y Hooley was recently named president 

"No matter what the market conditions," anc ] CEO of State Street Corporation, 
says Hooley, "ensuring that you have a 

culture of strong governance focused on integrity and fiduciary responsibility is essential 
to keeping existing clients and winning new ones." 

Hooley serves as chair of the advisory board for the Carroll School's Center for 
Asset Management and cites the school's Portico program — a required weekly seminar 
for freshmen — as a model for infusing ethical considerations into business education. 

Hooley also knows what characterizes a strong new graduate in finance: the ability 
to think critically and propose innovative solutions. "Any graduate with those skills," 
he says, "along with a natural intellectual curiosity and interest in finance, will likely 
do quite well." 

Below, Hooley provides some personal data: 

WHAT IS THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT life, I've had many different work experiences 

IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE? and have traveled extensively around the 

Being elected CEO after a 24-year career § lobe ' a11 of which have dramatically 

with State Street. widened my perspective. 


The births of my four children. % father ' s influence. He grew up in 

Boston, attended BC High, and always 
what is your fondest BC memory? thought very highly of the University. 

The friendships, social activities, and sporting When I first visited BC, it was a place 
events. And, of course, the classes. where I knew I would fit in. 


Getting my children through college— Pursuing things you are passionate about, 

so far, one of my two college-age children having diverse interests, and making a 

has attended BC. difference in whatever you pursue. 



Take a minute and recognize how fortunate The Rathskeller in Lyons Hall— at the 

you are to be at such a great place with people time a great place to meet and eat. 

who care about you. 



SINCE GRADUATION? Declare a "community day," when 

Personally, I've recognized the importance everyone would pursue a community 

of family and friends. In my professional service activity of their choice. 



NM, is home to Jessica Brewster. She graduated 
from Georgetown Dental School in 1983 and 
is now the dental director at La Familia 
Medical Center. She also serves on the New 
Mexico Board of Dental Health Care. She is 
married to Jacquelyn Belinsky, and they are 
raising two daughters. • Anne Marie Hayes 
Bularzik reports that a group of 8 — out of 24 
who met as freshmen at CLX dorms — 
gathered last April in Boston for a tour of BC 
and nostalgic dinners around town. Also in 
on the fun minireunion were Denie Drees 
Brand, Theresa Austin-Walter, Ellen 
Schroeder Dionisio, Mary-Ann Barton Girard, 
Donna Perry Klamkin MEd'8o, Betsy 
Tollefson Portner, and Joan Pilkington- 
Smyth. All are looking forward to next June 
and our 35th. • Try to find time to drop a line 
(and I don't mean fishing!). Have a happy and 
healthy fall and winter. God bless! 


Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06851; 203-829-9122 

Jennifer Lynch is the founder of Independent 
Blessing, a company that provides senior 
citizens and their families assistance with 
challenging tasks and needs such as 
home maintenance, finances, travel, and 
professional services. Independent Blessings 
can help senior citizens (can you believe it, 
Class of '77, we aren't too far from being 
classified as such) secure and manage service 
providers as well. You can learn more about 
the company at info@independentblessing. 
com. Jennifer holds a graduate degree from 
Tulane University and, after earning her 
CPA, she spent 20-plus years in the field of 
executive recruiting, primarily as a business 
owner. As a volunteer, she has served on 
professional, family, and neighborhood 
associations, boards, and committees. • Tom 
"Sully" Sullivan contacted Mark Fallon, who 
lives in Lexington with his 23- and 27-year-old 
children. Mark ran his first Boston Marathon 
to raise money for Massachusetts General's 
pediatric cancer center. Mark is a first cousin 
of Tom Flanagan, MS'93, who lives in 
Dunstable with his wife and two children. 

• Frank Fontana lives in Franklin and has 
completed his 13th year with Eagle Leasing. 
Congratulations to Frank and his wife, 
Rosemary, who celebrated their 24th 
wedding anniversary in August! They have 
five children and nine grandchildren, two of 
whom will graduate from high school next 
year. If you recall, I wrote in the Summer '09 
issue about Frank's purchase of a 2004 
Corvette. Well, he informs us that he enjoyed 
it so much that he upgraded to a 2007 this 
past March. Frank writes, "What a ride! Now 
I know why they call it 'the Great American 
Sports Car'!" He caught up with Leo 
Vercollone and Richard Blake at Elizabeth 
Gillen's daughter's May 2010 graduation 
party. Everyone is doing well. Frank sends his 
best wishes to all our fellow classmates. Leo, 
meanwhile, has just been named to the board 
of directors of the Alumni Association. 

• Please keep your updates coming! • May all 
good things find the path to your door! 


Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 203-966-8580 

Wow! I was impressed to receive four updates 
via e-mail immediately after the last issue of 
Boston College Magazine hit your mailboxes. • 
The first was from Brian Orr — actually Dr. 
Brian Orr of Cape Ann Pediatricians in 
Gloucester — who is tying in his birthday this 
year on 10/10/10 with a fundraising campaign 
for a group of orphanages run by an organiza- 
tion called Friends of the Orphans. Brian has 
been working with this group for almost 10 
years. For more information, visit www. • Next in my 
in-box was a touching note from Joseph 
Ulcickas, the husband of our classmate 
Dorothy (Reardon) Ulcickas and father of 
2010 BC grad Jessica. He said he was sending 
me the update because Dorothy "is the type 
who never would" (but not in a negative, non- 
school-spirit way!). She is the owner of a 
dance and exercise clothing store in Avon, 
CT, called All That Jazz, which just celebrated 
its nth-year anniversary. Dorothy is no strang- 
er to working hard; during her BC days she 
worked over 40 hours a week to pay for school. 
The Ulcickases live in Canton, CT, and are the 
parents of another daughter and a son. 
Congratulations, Dorothy, and thank you, 
Joseph! • Al "Buns" Gallo wrote that he is in 
his 13th year as an RN at Beth Israel Hospital 
in Manhattan. Al is the father of Lucy, a 
kindergartner(l), and when the Gallo family 
visited Disneyland, they spent the day with 
Al's former roommate Jeff Garfunkel and 
family in Yorba Linda, CA. Jeff gave Lucy a 
BC cap, hoping that she will become a 
member of the Class of 2027. Al sends 
regards to all from Roncalli Penthouse. • 
Another classmate with a kindergartner is 
Glenn Kaplinsky, who lives in Livingston, NJ, 
and is both an attorney and a college profes- 
sor. • My last missive came from John 
Discenza of Springfield, formerly of Mod 
10-A with Jim Brady, Dave McCarthy, John 
McCarthy, Rick O'Neil, and Chris Ward. 
The roommates have stayed close since 
graduation and get together frequently. 
Roomie Rick O'Neil married classmate Joyce 
Watson, and their son Greg graduated from 
BC in 2009. • Do you and your former room- 
mates take trips together, indulge in dinners 
or drinks with one another, tailgate at football 
games, etc.? Write and let me know! 


Correspondent: Stacey O'Rourke 

2445 Commonwealth Avenue 
West Newton, MA 02465 

John Downer writes "finally, an update!" John 
reports that he has been named senior HR 
business partner at the Hospital for Special 
Surgery in New York. He is involved with 
recruiting, diversity, and special projects. 
Congratulations, John! • Shirley Sullivan, 
mother of our late classmate Cynthia Sullivan, 

writes that the Cynthia Sullivan Memorial 
Scholarship has been established at Boston 
College. In 1989, Cindy was voted one of 
Boston's most interesting women. Sadly, she 
passed away in 1992 of cancer but before she 
died, she wrote a children's book, The Land of 
the Lost Balloons, and now it has been pub- 
lished! • The man who brought us Sponge Bob 
SquarePants, none other than our classmate 
Herb Scannell, has moved to the BBC's com- 
mercial arm, BBC Worldwide America. Herb 
has been immersed in media his whole adult 
life and ran the University's radio station 
while at BC. Herb lives in Manhattan with his 
wife and two daughters. • It is with great 
sadness that I report the death of Thomas 
Federico. Tom leaves his wife, Mary (Cronin), 
whom he met freshman year at BC. The 
couple have a daughter and two sons. Thomas 
was an award-winning defense lawyer. He is 
described as a devoted family man with a 
quiet personality and a big smile. A soccer 
player while at BC, Tom had a passion for 
sports, attending and coaching his children's 
games. • With this issue, I am passing the 
baton for class notes to Peter Bagley, who has 
graciously offered to serve as class correspon- 
dent. It has been great fun keeping in touch 
with you all and reporting your news. Thanks 
for all your help. Editor's note: We thank Stacey 
O'Rourke for her excellent work as correspondent 
during the past years and now welcome Peter 
Bagley to these pages. You may send news for the 
next issue to Pete at 


Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 

Sunrise Harbor 

1040 Seminole Drive, Unit 1151 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

In July, Catherine Bray was named VP of 
SMB at the Metropolitan Technology Services 
Group (MetroTech), a certified WBE women 
owned and operated regional IBM Business 
Partner. Catherine had previously worked in 
sales and management positions at IBM. 
• This past summer, NBC hired former BC 
football star Mike Mayock to become its Notre 
Dame football color commentator. Mike, who 
played defensive back at BC and for the New 
York Giants, will continue to work for the NFL 
Network. • Finally, thank you to all those who 
wrote, remembering our classmate Karen 
Lussier Contois, who passed last February 
after an eight-month battle with leuke- 
mia. Karen's wonderful spirit is reflected in 
your collective recollections: Karen helped so 
many of us get through our years at BC with 
her sense of humor and zest for life. She 
always had a smile and could put anyone in a 
good mood. She was blessed with the gift of 
always being able to make you laugh — with 
her, not at her. During senior year, Karen 
lived in Hillsides B-63, affectionately called B 
"Kinky" 3, with roommates Lidia Cossi and 
Mary Hines Corkindale. Karen was involved in 
the Gold Key Society, admissions, and giving 
campus tours. A gifted writer and vibrant 
speaker, Karen had a long career in corporate 
communications with ADVO System. Upon 
her daughter's entry into school, she became a 
popular substitute teacher in the Southwick 


school system. She was beloved by so many, 
and over 1.000 people paid their respects at 
her service in her hometown of Southwick. 
Karen was married for 23 years to Bob 
Contois, and she was a loving mother to Ellen, 
who is currently a high-school student. Karen 
loved BC and was a proud graduate. Over the 
years, she kept in touch with her many BC 
friends, who loved her dearly. She will be 
greatly missed. 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 


1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451: 757-428-0861 

Our condolences to Steve Verfaille '82, who 
wrote to inform us that his brother Kevin 
Verfaille passed away in April after a battle 
with kidney cancer. After graduating from 
BC, Kevin received master's degrees from the 
University of Vermont in elertrical engineering 
and from Johns Hopkins in systems engi- 
neering. Kevin had been a systems engineer 
for the Harris Corporation in Los Angeles. 
• For the past 17 years. Karen (Block) Slaughter 
has lived in her hometown of Cranston, RI. She 
has worked in the insurance and mortgage 
industries and is currently working for 
Embrace Home Loans in Newport. Karen is 
frequently in Boston visiting her daughter 
Nicole and socializing at old haunts. • In July, 
Brian Sroub, MA'81, joined GE Lighting in 
the newly created role of chief marketing 
officer. Brian was previously VP of marketing 
and product management at the Cleveland 
Clinic Wellness Institute. He has founded 
and led many entrepreneurial ventures and is 
an inventor tied to 14 pending and issued 
patents. • Ginny (Stone) Mackin recently 
joined Duke Energy as senior VP and chief 
communications officer. Since 2001, Ginny 
had been a communications executive at 
Wachovia/Wells Fargo; she took over 
communications for Wells Fargo's East Coast 
operations in 2009 after the San Francisco 
bank bought Wachovia. • In June, Al Hemond 
was named president of Professional Disability 
Associates. Al recently worked for Prudential 
as senior VP, managing its disability claims 
organization. • Our condolences go out to 
Jean Driscoll Howard, whose husband of 17 
years, Joe, passed away in April after a coura- 
geous 14-month battle with brain cancer. Joe 
worked in the suburban Boston commercial 
real estate market, and many of our BC 
friends knew him well. Jean lives in North 
Attleboro with their two teenage daughters, 
who keep Jean very busy with their athletic, 
academic, and social schedules. 


Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 
14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

Marguerite Dorn, JD'85, recently cofounded 
The New Having It All (along with fellow BC 
Law School alum Carol O'Day, JD'87), a 
coaching and educational firm whose mission 

is to facilitate work-life balance and overall 
success for women. They recently launched a 
call for submissions to further the national 
conversation around work-life and work- 
family balance. The campaign is designed to 
bring all women into the debate by offering 
the opportunity to have their thoughts pub- 
lished, disseminated, and collated into one 
source. Further details can be found on their 
website: • Debra 
Noseworthy Colombo recently accepted the 
position of director of standardized testing at 
Phillips Academy, Andover. Her husband, 
Peter Colombo, owns and manages an eyewear 
business in Wakefield. They have two daugh- 
ters: Caroline is a sophomore at Carnegie 
Mellon University, and Jennifer is a high- 
school sophomore. Debra recently attended 
the Boston College 50th birthday bash with 
Chris Calvert Spaulding. They enjoyed seeing 
Mike Piti, Trish Hornyak-Staab, John 
Blessington JD'86, Maureen Bennett JD'85, 
Toni MacNamara Yacobian, and everyone 
else who attended. Debra recently saw 
Shelle Alvord when she came east to see her 
daughter graduate from UMass Amherst's 
Commonwealth Honors College Program in 
May. Shelle lives in Santa Clara, CA. • Janet 
(Schneider) Liss sends greetings to Ann-Marie 
Burke, Anne Martin Griffin, Barbara Mello 
Martins MS'io, Lynda Gloekler Angstadt, 
Dianne (Driscoll) Eyssallenne, and Paula 
(Dempsey) Roth. Remember that baby shower 
you attended about 22 years ago for little 
Steven Liss? He just graduated from Princeton 
University! • After years of working in the 
computer industry, Jane Fallon Wright has 
finally realized her dream of owning her own 
business. Her computer company manufac- 
tures and sells martial arts supplies. • Ed 
Rutyna has resided in Orange County, CA, 
since 1985 and works as a litigation and tax 
attorney. Ed's mom still lives in Lexington; 
she's not a BC grad but went to the now 
defunct Cardinal Cushing College, a small 
two-year women's college in Brookline that 
existed between 1952 and 1972. The college is 
named for the Boston cardinal who helped 
obtain the land for the college. Ed and his 
mom wonder how many other BC students 
have family members who attended this and 
other now defunct small colleges in the 
Boston area? • Keep the e-mails coming — it 
would be great to hear from other LHS/BC 
classmates. Ed, Jane, and I graduated together 
from Lexington High in 1978 along with 15 
other classmates who attended BC. 



Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

72 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA 01876; CJ78-851-611C) 

Gregory Chotkowski is now chief of oral 
and maxillofacial surgery and the director of 
the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency 
Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 
Greg, who is also involved in stem cell 
research in dentistry, earned his DMD degree 
from Tufts University School of Dental 
Medicine and worked for several years in 
private practice before joining Mount Sinai 
in June. 

Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 
PO Box 628 
Belmar, NJ 0771c) 

Greetings to all! • Rhonda Peters Lathrop is 
the owner of Real Sports, a team sporting 
goods store in Manchester, VT, that special- 
izes in T-shirts and team uniforms. Rhonda 
states it's a fun summer job for her five kids. 

• Rhonda is looking forward to reading J. P. 
Hansen's new book, The Bliss List: The 
Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work 
and Beyond! Exciting things have happened 
for J. P. The LA Times ran a feature in its 
Sunday, May 23, edition under the "Solve 
Anything with Dr. Mark" column. J. P. won 
the Career Book of the Year award given by 
Next Generation and was a finalist for the 
Award of Excellence announced at the 
BookExpo America, held at the Jacob Javits 
Center in New York City. 
ran a feature on the book, and J. P. has 
reached over 10 million people through exten- 
sive national radio, print, and TV interviews. 
J.P.'s original goal of helping over 100,000 
people has been reached 10 times over. He 
would love to book a speaking event with any 
alums looking for a blissful keynote speaker! 
Read more at 
Finally, J. P. sends thanks to Stephanie 
Chisholm for her help in promoting the book. 

• In 2006, Beth and Richard Stefanacci 
formed the Go 4 the Goal Foundation when 
their oldest son, Richard Jr., was diagnosed 
with bone cancer. On September 27, Richard 
Jr. would have been 18 and starting college. 
Their foundation, which can be found at, is working to fight childhood 
cancer. In September and October, a number 
of events were held, including a 54K race at 
Golden Gate Park in San Francisco; a Mets vs. 
Braves game at Citi Field; the Richard's Drive 
Four a Cure golf outing at Commonwealth 
National Golf Club in Horsham, PA; Richard's 
Run Ho-Ho-Kus in New Jersey; and Wiffle for 
Cancer at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. 
Upcoming events can be found on their web- 
site. • Our sympathy is sent to our classmate 
Stephen Hurley, whose dad, Charles Hurley 
'50, passed away on May 18. Charles, formerly 
of Winchester, was a prominent Hyannis 
entrepreneur and a longtime owner of the 
Hyannis Holiday Motel and other properties. 

• Looking for news! Please write soon! 


Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 
35 Meadowhill Drive 
Tiburon, CA g4Q20 

Maureen A. McNicholl has become a foreign 
service officer for the U.S. Department of 
State and will be serving as a diplomat over- 
seas. Her nomination was officially signed by 
President Obama in December and was 
confirmed by the Senate in March. • Theo E. 
Spilka is VP, new business development and 
licensing worldwide, at Firmenich. Theo has 
three kids in college. He and Linda have been 
married five years and were blessed when 


Lucas Matteo was born on October 30, 2009. 
As a lifelong runner, Theo is still feeling 
strong enough to "go around the track again!" 
He enjoyed being at the Heights for our 
recent reunion of 25 years. • Holly Doherty- 
Lemoine recently started a new position as 
director of institutional advancement at Webb 
Institute, a tuition-free college in Glen Cove, NY, 
offering a double major in naval architecture 
and marine engineering. Holly welcomes any 
BC classmates to stop by and say hello at this 
beautifully picturesque college on Long Island 
Sound. With soon to be three children in college 
at the same time, the tuition-free option has a 
whole new meaning for Holly! • Carol Cinney 
Oxenreiter has started a nonprofit, Zip the 
Cure ( It is a 501(c) 
charity designed to raise $100 in every zip code 
in the United States, with the proceeds going 
to juvenile diabetes research. Carol has four 
children: John (20), Katherine (17), Monica (15), 
and Michael (13). Two of them have type-i 
diabetes, so Carol is involved in fundraising 
and also serves on the national board of the 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a Lay 
Review Committee member. Congratulations 
and good luck to Carol with this wonderful 
cause. • Leo Melanson lives in Newburyport 
with wife Karen and children Tyler (15) and 
Kelsey (16). Leo has worked for Verizon as a 
systems manager for 22 years. The whole 
family regularly attends BC football, hockey, 
and basketball games. • I am sorry to report 
that Christopher W. White passed away on 
April 21. Chris was tragically killed by a 
criminal in a stolen car while he was walking 
on a sidewalk in Wilmington, DE. After BC, 
Chris graduated from Suffolk University Law 
School in 19 91 and worked as the director of 
the Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware. 
He is survived by his wife, Leandria, and their 
children, Joshua (12) and Kayla (6). • Please 
send in your news — all our classmates enjoy 
reading updates in our 1985 column! 


Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 

130 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, RI 02818 

I am very sad to report that Kelly Fitzpatrick 

McLaughlin died on July 1 at her home in San 
Rafael, CA, from cancer first diagnosed in 
2006. Kelly is survived by her husband, Mark, 
and daughters Haley and Samantha. Kelly 
majored in economics at BC and shortly after 
graduation, she moved to San Francisco to 
work for Charles Schwab & Co. Her funeral 
Mass at the Church of St. Isabella in San 
Rafael was attended by her roommates from 
Mod 7-A: Julie Appleby Mersch from Las 
Vegas, Kristi Lagerstrom Flaherty from 
Maine, Kathy McCabe from Boston, Maggie 
Mullarkey Downey from Florida, and Kelli 
Murphy Manring from Oakland, CA. Kristi 
Lagerstrom sent me the following: "It was so 
awesome for us to be together but so sad that 
it was Kelly's funeral that made it happen. I 
last visited San Francisco in 1987 when Kelly 
and I flew out to visit Chris McCauley, who 
was doing Jesuit Volunteer Corps that year. 
We had a great week there, and Kelly fell in 
love. In fact, she returned to the East Coast 

only long enough to pack and then returned to 
the West Coast, where she has lived ever 
since! So 23 years later, Maggie and I climbed 
Mt. Tam and took pictures, just as Fitz and I 
had done in 1987. Kathy McCabe is a true 
heroine in my book. She was Kelly's best 
friend and flew cross-country dozens of times 
to attend doctors' appointments and to help 
out with Kelly's family. Kelly called her two or 
three times a day and Kathy was the last 
person Kelly communicated with before passing. 
She defined a best friend. As you might 
expect, we are all heartbroken. However, in 
this loss we made a pact to spend more time 
together. In fact, we have already planned our 
next visit. In four years, we will invade Las 
Vegas so that the five remaining roommates 
can celebrate our 50th birthdays together. So 
in some way, the loss of Kelly brought us all 
back together." The Class of '86 sends prayers 
and condolences to the family and friends of 
our classmate Kelly. 


Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 

Hello! I hope you are all well. • Congratulations 
go out to Thomas M. Buckley, a partner with 
the law firm of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & 
Garofalo in Raleigh, NC, who for the second 
year, has been selected by Business North 
Carolina magazine as Legal Elite in construc- 
tion law. Only 3 percent of North Carolina 
attorneys are selected for this distinction in 
their field, as voted by their peers. • 
Congratulations go also to Melina Gerosa 
Bellows, who has assumed the expanded role 
of chief creative officer for National 
Geographic Kids and Family at National 
Geographic Global Media, where she is cur- 
rently executive VP of Children's Publishing. 
Melina is also an internationally published 
best-selling author — her books include The Fun 
Book series and the novel Wish — and she has 
written for a variety of publications ranging 
from the New York Times to Entertainment 
Weekly. She lives in Washington DC with her 
two children. • I'd also like to congratulate 
Bob Dunn, who e-mailed that he was elected 
CEO of PacStar Inc. by the board of directors, 
but more importantly, that he is a person 
surviving cancer (he needs five years to say 
he's a "survivor"). He wants to thank Dan 
Sullivan, Jim Coster, Tom Grizzetti, and Tom 
Dolan for their thoughts and prayers, with 
special thanks to Griz, who grilled his doctor 
after the surgery. • And I'm sorry to report 
that Nicholas A. Carpinelli of Valhalla, NY, 
passed away on July 21. We send our condo- 
lences to his family and friends. • That is all 
for now — please e-mail me your news when 
you have a moment. 


Correspondent: Rob Murray 

42.1 Callingwood Street 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

Don Preskenis checked in from Raleigh, NC, 
where he has lived for the last five years with 

wife Tina and sons Ryan and Devin. Both 
boys attend St. Catherine of Siena School and 
play baseball. Don is a coach for both of his 
sons' teams. Recently, he was promoted to 
executive VP and director of internal audit at 
First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. The family 
loves living in North Carolina and planned to 
attend the BC-NC State game in October. 
• Benjamin P. Kraisky of Mt. Vernon, NY, 
passed away on August 10. He was a senior 
tax planner at J.H. Cohn LLP in New York 
City. Benjamin is survived by his mother, 
three sisters, and a brother. 


Correspondent: Andrea McCrath 
20J Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

I hope all are well! After last quarter's lack of 
news, I put out a call for news via e-mail and 
received quite quickly a bunch of really great 
updates. The full content of these updates is 
available online, but here are the highlights! 
Please keep the news coming via my e-mail 
address above or online at 
alumni/association/community.html. • In 
August, Anthony Varona, JD'92, (avarona@ was appointed associate 
dean for faculty and academic affairs at 
American University's Washington College 
of Law, where he is a professor of law. 

• Bob Karwin ( just 
released his fourth album, Sand Dollar 
Millionaire, and has been selected to perform 
at the Meeting of the Minds music festival 
on Key West in November. Find his music 
at • In June, Michael 
O'Loughlin (michael.oloughlin@jud. state, received an employee excellence 
award from the Massachusetts Trial Court 
for his work as an administrative attorney at 
the Boston Municipal Court Department. 

• Todd Fremont-Smith (tfremont-smith@ continues to work in real 
estate investment and lives in Newburyport 
with wife Alexandra and two children, Eleanor 
and Harris. Todd recently heard from Ted 
Tobin, MBA'95, who is finishing up an MA 
degree in zoology, and Filippo Firmani, 
who has just finished a solo sailing tour of 
the Brazilian coast! • Joe Iocono (jiocono@ was appointed chief of pediatric 
surgery for Kentucky Children's Hospital. 
Joe is an associate professor of surgery at the 
University of Kentucky College of Medicine. 
He is also director of the pediatric trauma 
program and associate director of the 
Minimally Invasive Surgery Center for UK 
HealthCare. • John Sulick (john.sulick@ wrote a great report about a 
group of classmates who have met for the 
past 21 years on the second weekend in 
August for two days of golf at Norwich Golf 
Club in Connecticut. The group includes 
Pat Barbera, Joey DeMarco, Jim Brennan, 
Rob Wondolowski, Joe Bucci, Jim Rice, Jack 
MacKinnon, Tim Reyes, Tim Pisinski, Pat 
Fay, Mike Deluca, Todd Laggis, Steve 
Lefkowitz, Sean Doyle, Rich Brunaccini, Scott 
King, John Sulick, Pat McManus, Jim 
Gannon, Tom Flood, Bill Hogan, Jerry Lynch, 
Mike Lazzari, Sean Mullen, John Denahy, 


George Alexandrou. Brendan Murray. Eric 
Ringkamp, and Jim Flaherty. View a photo 
of the group on the BC alumni online 
community! • On February i, Marc and 
Michelle (Dinoff) Bermudez (mashd@aol. 
com) welcomed twins Jake and Max, who 
join big brother Tyler (2). All live in 
Morristown, NJ, where Michelle has been 
the director of HR with Novartis 
Pharmaceuticals for 10 years. • After four 
moves in six years, Kathleen (Zinzer) 
McCarthy ( made a final 
move to Columbus, OH, in fall 2009 with 
her husband and three children. • Dean and 
Leila (Habra) Miller ( 
welcomed their eighth child, Matthew Xavier 
Miller, in February 2010! • Ellen (Burns) 
Reifel ( says life is 
busy in Glen Ellyn. IL. with her three boys — 
Ben. who's in fifth grade; Josh, who's in third 
grade; and Owen, who's in kindergarten — 
and their new golden retriever, Gunner. 
• Fr. Martin "Marty" Connor (mconnor@ has been reassigned to 
Atlanta, GA. • David William Cordes is an 
orthodontist in private practice and can be 
reached at 

Nancy Walls Carell '88 


Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

6 j Sea Island 

Glastonbwy, CT 06033; 860-647^200 

Patricia McNerney is senior reporting 
coordinator and regional coordinator for 
the RC-South Interagency Provincial Affairs 
Office. She worked at Embassy Kabul in 
Afghanistan with a group of BC alums 
that included Massachusetts Senator Scott 
Brown, JD'85. • Lisa Calise Signori left her 
position as Boston's director of administra- 
tion and finance to assume the role of 
CFO for the Perkins School for the Blind. Lisa 
had served as director of administration and 
finance since July 2007. A Massachusetts 
native, Lisa earned her master's degree 
in public management from the University 
of Maryland. 


Correspondent: Peggy Morin Bruno 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT o6oig 

Hello, everyone. I am hoping to hear 
from you; there has not been a lot of news 
lately! Feel free to share your news — we 
all love to hear how everyone is doing. • Our 
first note is incredibly sad. Paul Curtin lost 
his 6-year-old daughter, Annie, to a sudden 
brain aneurysm on August 1. Paul and 
his wife, Kat, live in Rowayton, CT, with their 
two beautiful daughters, Emma (11) and 
Julia (9). Annie was a vivacious, wonderful 
little girl, with the bluest eyes anyone had 
ever seen. She was going into first grade 
at Rowayton Elementary School and had 
a passion for Irish step dancing. • On a much 
lighter note, Ric Gazarian participated in a 
car race this past summer. It encompassed 


Despite her CSOM 
degree, the closest 
Nancy Walls Carell 
'88 ever came to a corporate 
job was on the set of the tele- 
vision comedy The Office. 
Acting opposite her husband, 
Steve Carell, she will return 
this season as Michael Scott's 
ex-girlfriend Carol Stills. 

She has also lent her 
considerable comedic tal- 
ents to The Daily Show, 
Saturday Night Live, and 
films like The 40-Year-Old 
Virgin, but she first began 
performing with BC's 
improv-comedy troupe, 

My Mother's Fleabag. It was during those four-hour shows that the Cohasset, Mass., native 
realized her passion for acting. After graduation, Carell moved to Minneapolis with her BC 
friends to pursue acting in the city's lively arts community. Her parents remained sup- 
portive: "Even though it wasn't easy for them to watch me starve for five years, they never 
told me to get a real job." 

Carell persisted and moved to Chicago, where she took classes at Second City. She 
credits the theater and improv school for helping her hone her skills. It's also where she 
met her husband, who taught one of her classes. They now have two children, and while 
it's no secret that her spouse is funny, she says, "The kids are hysterical. We laugh quite a 
bit in our house." 

Below, Carell finds the humor in it all: 

Actress Nancy Walls Carell takes a break with her husband, 
actor Steve Carell, and their children, Annie and Johnny. 


Covering the 2000 Republican Convention 
for The Daily Show. We had so much fun, and 
because the show wasn't as well known then, 
people often mistook us for serious journalists. 


I think my children are good 
human beings. 


Take a semester abroad. I didn't, 
and I regret it. 


I'm much more open-minded. And I've 
stopped wearing pearls with turtlenecks. 


It was between BC and Holy Cross. I grew 
up in a small town and wanted to try a bigger 
school. Also, my boyfriend went to Holy Cross, 
and we broke up. Two really good reasons. 


Now that my kids are both in school 
full time, I'd love to start writing. 


Performing with Fleabag and going to 
football games. Or the parking lot of 
football games, I should say. 


For an aspiring actor, I would have to 
say practice, practice, practice. I can't tell 
you how many hundreds of hours I spent 
improvising and doing shows for free. 
Looking back, I feel so sorry for the 
people who had to watch those shows. 


O'Connell House, where we did our 
Fleabag shows. 


I would make community service a 
requirement at BC. 



nine countries in Eastern Europe over two 
weeks, covering 7,000 kilometers. Ric raised 
money for three different charities. Check out 
the website at: • Save 
the date! Yes, believe it or not, it has been 20 
years since we all graduated! So save the date 
now: our 20th reunion will take place on June 
3-5. It should be a fabulous weekend to 
reunite, reconnect, and rejoice! See you there! 


Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello 

37 Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07506 

Mod i-A celebrated an early 40th birthday for 
all the girls in Scottsdale, AZ. Malena Amato 
Eggleston, Erin Graefe Dorton, Michelle Korn 
Mulshine, Tina Castellano Burns, Caroline 
Mendoza Horrigan, and Kelly Noreen Nast 
spent a long weekend going to the spa, 
shopping, and eating out. Malena lives in 
Woodside, CA, with husband John and 
sons Gabe and Liam. Malena studied ophthal- 
mology at Stanford and is currently a surgeon 
in the San Francisco area. Erin lives in Chevy 
Chase, MD, and works as a lobbyist at Prime 
Policy Group. She and husband Patrick have 
two daughters, Lily and Eliza, and a son, 
Logan. Michelle lives in Greenwich, CT, with 
husband Chris and has two sons, Ryan and 
Collin, and one daughter, Leila. She is a 
stay-at-home mom. Tina is also a stay-at- 
home mom, with sons Will, Christopher, and 
Collin, and is married to Dave Burns '91. 
Caroline lives up the road from Tina in 
Potomac, MD; she is married to Keith 
Horrigan and has three daughters: Maddie, 
Emma, and Lila. She also stays home 
full-time. And finally, Kelly made the trip 
from Minneapolis, where she works for Best 
Buy. She is married to Tom Nast, and they 
have two daughters, Brooke and Caroline. 
The girls have decided to make Scottsdale a 
winter tradition each February! • Joshua, 
JD'95, and Ingrid Schroffner Goodman, 
JD'95, welcomed twins to their family on 
August 12: Ari Kai (whose name means 
"ocean") and Annika Keiko (whose name 
means "child of blessing, grace, and luck"). 
The twins join their older brother, Jacob 
Keitaro (3). • Katie LaManna was named to the 
2009 Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under 
Forty" list, which honors individuals for their 
hard work and accomplishments in their 
profession. She is a partner and chair of 
the corporate trust practice group at the law 
firm Shipman & Goodwin. Katie works in the 
firm's Hartford office and resides in South 


Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 

2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield, MA 01330 

Joy Olaes Surprenant is the founder of 
Catching Joy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that 
organizes hands-on community service 
projects for young children and their families 

to let them feel the joy of volunteering 
and giving and to inspire them to make a 
difference. Catching Joy kids sing at nursing 
homes, join in charity walks, form cheering 
stations, run lemonade stands, organize 
clothing/toy drives, and make cards for 
others. They link up with various nonprofits, 
including Birthday Wishes, the Pine Street 
Inn, the National Marine Life Center, Reach 
Out and Read, the YMCA, Cradles to Crayons, 
the Franklin Park Zoo, the Walk for Hunger, 
the Kidney Foundation, and the Avon Breast 
Cancer Walk. For more information, visit or contact Joy at joy@ • Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega 
was nominated by Governor Deval Patrick to 
be a judge at the Holyoke District Court in 
July, and she was confirmed in August. 
Bethzaida has been a sole practitioner in 
Springfield for 10 years, working on a variety 
of criminal and civil matters. A former 
assistant district attorney in Hampden 
County, Bethzaida holds a law degree from 
the University of Connecticut School of Law. 
• In April, Jeanie Taddeo was featured in a 
story on NBC10 in Philadelphia. Jeanie, an 
eighth-grade Spanish teacher, was pregnant 
with twins when she was diagnosed with 
breast cancer. Read about Jeanie, now healthy 
and happy, and her "miracle babies" at 


Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-348-2396 

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful 
summer and is now enjoying the football 
season. I know you're all busy, but do take 
a moment to send news of professional 
accomplishments (a promotion, perhaps?), 
personal triumphs (think marathon), exotic 
trips (Bali, anyone?), and expanding families 
(extra points for twins). We are all waiting! 

• Jeremy and Gina La Porta Roller joyfully 
welcomed daughter Sylvia Pearl to the family 
on January 11. Sylvie joins big brother Henry 
(7) and big sister Amelia (4). They live in 
Seattle, where Gina is a literacy coach for the 
Seattle Public Schools, and Jeremy is an 
attorney at Yarmuth Wilsdon Calfo. • Keith 
'92, JD'95, an d Mei Yee (Lee) Higgins were 
happy to welcome the arrival of a little girl, 
Katherine Elizabeth, on July 28. Big brother 
Jack loves having a little sister join the family, 
who live in the Worcester area. Keith is an 
attorney, and Mei Yee works at Berkshire 
Blanket. • Jay Wu, MST'96, is one of eight 
up-and-coming artists whose work was shown 
in the Attleboro Arts Museum's exhibit, 8 
Visions. Jay displayed eight oil paintings, all 
an attempt to offer homage to the ordinary 
objects and places that are special to him. Jay 
has a master's degree in fine arts from the 
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

• Andres Benach helped law firm Duane 
Morris receive recognition in the Chambers 
USA survey of the American legal profession 
this year. • Finally, Ann Lassotovitch Flaherty 
got the nursing education of a lifetime when 
her three-year-old son became critically ill 

with an aggressive, cancer-like immune 
disorder, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocyto- 
sis. He was successfully treated with a 
bone-marrow transplant from his older 
brother at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 
Ann says her BC nursing education was 
extremely helpful when she nursed him 
through the illness, the transplant, and a 
yearlong recovery. Her son is now in kinder- 
garten and is doing very well, which is 
wonderful news! 

J 995 

Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 
Panasci Chapel 
i/\icj Salt Springs Road 
Syracuse, NY 13214 

Beth (O'Leary) Anish, MA'97, recently left 
Quinsigamond Community College to 
accept a new position. Beth writes, "After 
years of teaching part-time as an adjunct 
while my kids were young, I have been 
hired as an assistant professor of English, 
a full-time, tenure-track position, at the 
Community College of Rhode Island. This 
position allows me to do what I love for a 
career while still being with my kids summers 
and when they get off the school bus every 
day!" • Gail (Cooney) Dombeck is director of 
nursing and oversees the wound care team at 
Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre 
in Cranston, RI. In June, she passed the 
National Alliance of Wound Care examination 
to become Wound Care Certified (WCC). Gail, 
who earned her BS in nursing from the 
Connell School, has been employed for 15 
years at Cedar Crest. She lives in Warwick 
with her husband and two children. • This 
past summer, Julia Rafferty was appointed 
to the editorial advisory board of imPACT 
Times, the Greater Philadelphia Alliance 
for Capital and Technologies publication 
that provides news and resources to the 
entrepreneurial, life sciences, and investment 
communities. Julia, who earned her JD from 
Villanova University School of Law, is an 
attorney with Stradley Ronon, where she is 
a member of the firm's litigation and life 
sciences practice groups. 


Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

517 E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York, NY looog; 212-673-3063 

Christopher Barnowski married Maureen 
Maloney '98, MEd'02, in Falmouth on 
June 26. Christopher Giglia, John Boyt, and 
Brian Sullivan were groomsmen, and Carrie 
and John Giuliano, Marc Leduc, Brian Woods, 
Dave and Amy (Schoeffield) Telep, Tracey 
(Gilroy) Giglia, Helene (Benedict) Mastin, 
John Kaney Dempsey, and Brigid Tobin '97 
were among the guests. Christy and 
Matt Keswick were also there, with their 
son Anderson and Christy's parents. As 
previously reported, the little guy was born on 
April 21. • Kenneth and Jennifer Berryman 


Home welcomed a son, Clarence Jupiter, on 
May 21. The Homes live in Boston. • Ramy 
and Rebecca (Cyr) Fayed welcomed their 
second son, Jacob, on February 27. Jacob's 
big brother, Zach, is 3 years old. • John 
Comiskey and his wife, Michelle, welcomed 
a baby girl, Emily Elizabeth, on June 29. • Eric 
and Andrea (Fabsik) Bendjouya welcomed 
their first child, a son named Jack Lawrence, 
on April 1. The family is living in Mahwah, 
NJ, where Andrea is currently a stay-at-home 
mom, and Eric works for a commercial heat- 
ing company. • On a sad note, Joe Alden '97, 
JD'99, who was a year behind us at BC and 
also graduated from BC Law, died in June. My 
condolences to Doug, Barb, and Lisa Alden. • 
Fantasy Football note: Julie (Allen) Holbrook 
and I drafted Matt Ryan '07 this year. I swear, 
he was the best pick available at the time. 


Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 
464 Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

In March, Erin Croddick Avery launched 
CollegeApp, an interactive, college search tool 
for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It is 
available^ree on the iTunes app store. It boasts 
thousands of users with the mission of 
helping students find the right college fit and 
match. Besides her busy private educational 
consulting practice on the Jersey Shore, Erin 
is most proud of her marriage of seven years 
to Charlie and of their three children: Quin 
(5), Virginia (3), and Shanley (2). • Mark and 
Melissa (Longo) Munster welcomed their first 
child, daughter Marielle Elyse, on June 
21. They reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 
• Shoba Vaitheeswaran was married over 
Memorial Day weekend in Sedona, AZ. She 
lives in Scottsdale with her new husband, 
Steve Lemoine, a graduate of Arizona State 
University. Steve works for an international 
race-car equipment company in Scottsdale, 
and Shoba is director of communications 
for Redflex Traffic Systems, a technology 
company that provides red light and speed 
safety cameras across the United States. In 
2008, she completed her MBA at the W.P. 
Carey School of Business at Arizona State 
University. • Some exciting news from 
JJ Tighe's household: Anderson Tighe was 
born on August 18. His two brothers, Brendan 
and Ryan, are excited about the new addition 
and already have plans to take their new 
brother to a BC home game this year. In 
addition, JJ will be taking a new role as VP, 
Great Lakes region, for IPR, a small 
infrastructure rehabilitation company based 
in Houston. JJ will be relocating the family 
to Ann Arbor — which brings back great 
memories of the 1996 BC-Michigan football 
game in the driving rain (and, guys, the 
Winnebago video is still missing). 


Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 
1281 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Amy Snyder and Joseph Janezic '96 were 
married on October 24, 2009, in St. Ignatius 
Church. Alumni in attendance were John '99 
and Lisa (Auriemma) McGrory; Josh 
Lewendon: Steven Kim MA'99, JD'02; 
Stephen Sobhi; Ian Breen '96; Christian 
Doheny '96; Michael Abbate '96; Larissa 
(Huskins) Wilson MBA'03; Patrick Mulligan 
'93; James '00 and Krishna (Konnath) Maher 
MSW'or, Judith Lyons JD'99; Masai King 
JD'96; and Matthew Feeney '00, JD'03. Ada 
(Penabaz) Lewendon, Alicia Doble, Mary 
Buttarazzi, and Jennifer Saenz were in the 
wedding party. Amy is a VP of marketing at 
Frontier Capital Management in Boston, and 
Joe is a prosecutor and deputy chief of the 
Gang Unit in the Suffolk County District 
Attorney's Office. The couple live in Brighton 
with their golden retriever, Tedy. • Jeff and 
Charise Rohm Nulsen are proud to announce 
the arrival of their first child, Jac Charles, in 
June. Many '98ers have visited Jac, and I also 
had that honor in August. • Also in August, 
Michelle (Breitman) Hipwood was promoted 
to executive director at The Capital Network 
(TCN), a nonprofit organization in Boston 
that provides entrepreneurs education and 
community on the early-stage funding 
process. Michelle was a senior associate at 
Roseview Capital Partners before joining 
TCN in 2009. She received her MBA from 
Babson's Olin School of Business. • Please 
send me your updates for the next issue. 


Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 

Hey, Class of '99, my wife, Laura Thompson 
'97, MBA'04, and I, Matt Colleran, MBA'06, 
are very excited to announce the arrival of our 
daughter Riley Margaret on June 8! She is 
amazing, and I can't wait to bring her to 
experience BC sporting events. • Jason '96 
and Stacy (Santos) Hill welcomed a baby girl, 
Chloe Serinha, on March 25. She joins older 
brother Brandon (2). • Marielle Sack and Rob 
Bush got married on May 22. Bridesmaids 
included Heather (Murphy) Goetz, Kerry 
(Hickey) Thelen, and Jessica Alberti '00. Also 
attending were Kathryn Sweeney and Matt 
O'Leary, Laurel (Zinn) Turner, Kali Thorne 
Ladd, Erin Shippee, and Greg and Erin 
(Harding) Devine. The couple honeymooned 
in the Maldives. • Mark and Sarah (Martin) 
Pitlyk belatedly announce the birth of their 
son, Thomas William Pitlyk, on June 29, 
2009. Sarah works as a clerk in the DC 
Circuit Court. • Marc and Sarah (Garvey) 
Cockerill welcomed Rory Owen Cockerill on 
March 12. • Paul and Cassie (Martin) Waller 
welcomed a little girl, Emersyn Brae, on 
March 18. They live in London. • Andrew and 
Katie (Hart) Rollauer, MS'07, welcomed a 
daughter on September 15, 2009. Paige 
Madeline is already an avid Eagles fan. They 
live in Needham. • Ryan Foley married Sarah 
Ringstrom on May 15. Brian Lynch was a 
groomsman, and in attendance were Tim 
Nest, Jeff Wright, Michael Treacy, and Laurel 
Turner. • Kathleen Corcoran and Henwill 
Balladares welcomed their first baby, Molly 

Elise, in November 2009. • Gayle (Gastineau) 
'01 and Sam Wholley, MBA'07, with children 
Teagan and Maeve, moved to the San 
Francisco Bay Area in May. Sam took a job as 
the COO of an accounting and advisory firm. 
• Jana and Jeff Bridge, MS/MBA'08, 
welcomed a daughter, Clara Winifred, on May 
24. • Christopher Sanetti has joined Jacobs, 
Grudberg, Belt, Dow & Katz in New Haven, 
CT, as an associate, practicing in civil 
litigation, and Lisa Hagermoser Sanetti is 
an assistant professor and research scientist 
at UConn's Neag School of Education. 
Chris and Lisa live in West Hartford and 
have a daughter, Daniela Jane (1). • Chad 
and Kristen (Proude) Feetham welcomed 
Maddox Paul Feetham on September 1, 2009. 
Jeff and Julie (Mitchelson) Brown 
welcomed Griffin Brown on September 7, 
2009. Griffin joins big brother Ryan (2) 
at home. • Michael Callahan and Shelby 
Saad-Callahan welcomed Janet Callahan in 
April 2009. • Enjoy the winter! 


Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 
63 Carolina Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Greetings, Class of 2000! • In May, Anaysa 
Gallardo, JD'03, was made partner of the 
law firm Cozen O'Connor. Anaysa is a 
member of the general litigation department 
in the firm's Miami office. • John Colontrelle 
and his wife, Emily, welcomed their second 
child, Jackson, on January 29, 2009. He 
joins his brother Dominick (3). • Michael 
and Jenna Albano Harma welcomed the 
birth of their son, Jack Michael, on January 8. 
He joins his proud sister, Sophia Grace (4). 
The Harmas live in Connecticut, where 
Michael is a primary care physician with the 
Alliance Medical Group in Middlebury. 

• Scott and Kimberly Arbuckle Goodwin 
welcomed their daughter, Reese Catherine, 
on April 22. They are currently living and 
working in New York City. • Mike and Megan 
Collier Reilly are proud to announce the 
birth of a baby boy, Daniel James. He was 
born on May 12 in Brighton. Danny joins 
Jack, his two-year-old big brother, who is 
enjoying his new role. The family is doing 
very well and still resides in Brighton. 

• Dorian John was born on May 24 to 
proud parents Jennifer Butterworth and 
Ryan Debin of Sherborn. Big brothers 
Reaves and Grant are thrilled with the 
new addition to their family. Also, Ryan was 
recently promoted to senior VP at Anglo 
Irish Bank in Boston. • Tom and Rory 
(Moore) Smith welcomed a son, Patrick 
James, on May 26. He joins his sister Ellie (2). 
The family resides in Los Angeles. 

• On June 10, Peter Andrew and Katie (Moran) 
Vanaria welcomed a baby boy, Zachary 
Michael, who joins his older brother, 
Alexander James. • George and Katie Ryan 
Wisecarver welcomed their first child, 
William Cayce, on June 12. William joins 
Katie and George in the family's 
Alexandria, VA, home. • Thank you as always 
for sharing your wonderful news. I hope 
everyone has a wonderful holiday season. 



Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 
16 Brightwood Avenue 
North Andover, MA 01845 

Class of 2001, mark your calendars: we 
will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our 
graduation on the weekend of June 3-5! I 
hope many of you will return to campus to 
enjoy the events and reconnect with BC 
classmates and friends. Meanwhile, please 
send news that you'd like to share! 


Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

/\2 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Chariestown, MA 02129; 617-596-5486 

Kenneth and Laura (Burns) Tilton are 

pleased to announce the birth of their 
daughter Estella Phelan on February 19. 
Estella joins her sister Sienna in their 
New Jersey home. • In June, Oliver Perez 
graduated with an MBA from Dartmouth's 
Tuck School of Business. He is currently 
an associate marketing manager at 
General Mills, working on Wheaties. On 
July 23, Oliver and wife Jamie (Schuler) 
welcomed their first baby, Norah James 
Perez. Oliver, Jamie, and Norah reside in 
Minneapolis. • On June 26, Ryan and 
Anne (Livolsi) Prime welcomed a baby 
boy named William Ryan Prime. 
• Congratulations to John and Claire 
(Schnabel) Chiesa, who welcomed Theodore 
"Teddy" James on June 23. He joins big 
brother Henry (2). • John Lotzer and Jamie 
Engelgau were married on October 3, 2009. 
In attendance were BC alums James 
Stanton, Zak Vassar, Brian Vassallo 
MBA'07, Brett Shaad, Don Giuseppi, 
Will and Theresa (Clifford) Acevedo MSW'06, 
Mary Messer '03, and Elisse Pitucco. 
John works in commercial banking at 
M&I Bank and is pursuing his MBA at the 
University of St. Thomas, and Jamie enjoys 
being an elementary-education special 
ed teacher. The couple live in a suburb 
of Minneapolis. 


Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

in Lawrence St., Apt igF 
Brooklyn, NY 11201; 201-317-2205 

Darlene Darcy and Brendan Covington were 
married on May 30 in Chicopee. The happy 
couple now live in Washington DC. • Rob 
and Carolyn (Gordon) Kenney welcomed a 
little boy, Robert Joseph "Joey" Kenney II, on 
December 30, 2009. He, his newly minted 
big sister, Lauren (2), and the rest of the 
family currently live in Norton. • On June 19, 
Daniel O'Mullane was ordained to the priest- 
hood of Jesus Christ through the imposition 
of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit 
by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, at St. John's 
Cathedral in Paterson, NJ. Daniel has been 
studying at the North American College in 
Rome for the past four years. • Elizabeth and 
David LaMattina are happy to announce their 
marriage on May 15 in Stonington, CT. They 
currently reside in New York. BC alums in 
attendance included John LaMattina '71, 
father of the groom; Joe Fanning, grooms- 
man and official bagpiper; Vincent Higgins; 
Patrick "Red" Martin; Chris Keohan; Matt 
Baker; Barry Connolly; Melissa Goldstein; 
Cathy Plasencia; and Conal and Elizabeth 
(Ancharski) Berberich. • Video game addict 
and techie Alison Haislip now works for G4's 
technology news and entertainment series 
Attack of the Show (weeknights at 7 p.m.). 
Alison moved to LA after earning a degree in 
theater arts; you can read her profile in USA 
Today at 
alison-haislip/i. • Laura Burke and Michael 
Brady '05 are happy to announce their mar- 
riage on June 5 in St. Paul the Apostle Church 
in Schenectady, NY. The bridal party included 
maid of honor Yesenia Mejia, Sara Burnett, 
best man Joseph LaRocca '05, Victoria Criado, 
Amar Ashar 05, Ryan Abrecht, Darrell 
Goodwin, and Daniel Burke '99. The newly- 
weds honeymooned in Rome and currently 
reside in Boston. • On August 13, Jennifer 
Worsham, MEd'04, married Michael Miskelly 
at Tupper Manor in Beverly. Bridesmaids 
included Adrian Clark Smith, MEd'04, an d 
Kristin Walker. Other '03 alums in atten- 
dance were Beth Bowers, Emily Abrahamsen 


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Coleman, John and Diana DiBacco Doroghazi, 
Katy Fritz, Brenda Hook, Tim Kearns, Dave 
Lincoln MA'05, Tara Walsh Malbasa, Darren 
Perconte, Sara Rosen, Todd Sanderson, and Katie 
Williamson. The couple reside in the Boston 
area. • In July, attorney Kathleen M. Halloran, 
JD'07, joined Hanify & King as an associate. 
She concentrates her practice in complex 
business and commercial litigation. Kathleen 
previously served as law clerk to the justices of 
the Massachusetts Superior Court and as an 
associate with Sally & Fitch. She received her 
JD from BC Law School, where she was 
named Best Oral Advocate on the National 
Mock Trial team. Kathleen resides in Boston. 


Correspondent: Alexandra "All ie" Weiskopf 


Kristine A. "Krissy" Pattin graduated from 
Dartmouth Medical School in June and 
was awarded a doctorate in genetics, special- 
izing in computational genetics. Krissy 
accepted a position at Dartmouth as instructor 
of genetics and resource navigator for the 
eagle-i Consortium, which comprises research 
scientists from nine universities working 
to create an enormous database for 
biomedical research. • In June, Megan 
Winder received a law degree from the 
University of Washington School of Law. 
• Ryan Dono married Emma Stratton 
(Providence College '05) on May 15 in Keene, 
NH. Groomsmen were Matthew Brozenske 
MS 07 and Patrick Chadwick. Alumni in 
attendance included Mike VanZandt Collins 
MA'06, Chris George, Dave Howarth, Patrick 
Kelty, James Lindberg, Caroline Noonan, 
Sean McReynolds, Patricia (Garrity) Riehl, 
Laura Buckley '05, and Colleen Thornton '05. 
Ryan graduated from UMass Medical School 
in June and will begin a residency in 
family medicine at the Lawrence (MA) 
Family Medicine Residency. • Brad Anderson 
and Sharon Gherry were married on August 
7 in Minneapolis. The couple met senior 
year and are both native Minnesotans. 
Classmates in the wedding party included 
Josyl Barchue; Kelly Crowther; Chris 
Johnson; Justin Slattery; and Seth Therrien 
MS'05, MBA'08. Other alumni in attendance 
included Heath Kramer, Liz Mclnnis, 
Stephanie Rodetis, Rich Sweeney, Luis 
Santiago, Jeni Runco Therrie, Suzanne Jones 
'05, and Jamie Lockhart '99. The couple 
live in Minneapolis with their new puppy, 
Buckley. They wish a heartfelt congrats 
to Dave Giulietti, who was married on the 
same day! • Amir Satvat was accepted into 
the University of Pennsylvania's master's 
program in biotechnology. He will finish 
holding two degrees, with an MBA from the 
Wharton School expected in May 2011, and a 
master's in health policy earned earlier from 
NYU. He recently won the Ford Foundation 
MBA Research Fellowship, Wharton's highest 
research prize for MBA students, to write an 
extended report on electronic medical records 
and their potential value for health-care 
improvement. • Rebecca L. Simmons has 
joined Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, an 
intellectual property law firm, as a technology 


specialist. She assists the firm in patent 
preparation and prosecution in' the areas of 
biotechnology, chemistry, and pharmaceuti- 
cals. Rebecca earned her PhD in chemistry 
from Harvard University last summer. • 
Marika Beaton accepted a position at Harvard 
University as project manager for Allston. • 
In lime. Tricia Garrity married John Riehl 
(Santa Clara '04). Fr. Don MacMillan '66, 
MDiv'72, performed the ceremony. Courtney 
Valentine and Megan Matiasek were brides- 
maids. Alumni in attendance included Ellie 
Gregory MSW'05; Brian Moynihan; Chrissy 
Norton: Lauren Tallevi; Laura Vichick; Alex 
Gray '06; and Caitlin McGrail '03, MEd'06. 
The couple live in Sacramento, where Tricia 
teaches at PS7, an inner-city charter elemen- 
tary school. 

Mackenzie Stunkard '08 


Correspondent: joe Bowden 

g$ Harvest Lane 

Bridgewater, MA 02324; 508-807-0048 

Danielle Hedderson earned a combined 
MD/MPH degree at Albany Medical College, 
where she is now a resident in the Internal 
Medicine and Pediatrics program. • Eric and 
Karen (Gamier) Landers welcomed their 
first child, Emily Beth, on May 7. Karen 
recently completed her MEd and is a teacher 
in Andover. Eric is pursuing his MBA and 
is a commercial loan officer at Penrucket 
Bank. • Catherine Hough married Michael 
Byrne (a Syracuse alumnus) on October 1 
at Our Lady of Victories Church in Boston, 
with Fr. Philip Parent presiding. Catherine 
is a transaction services senior associate 
at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Michael is a 
commercial real estate senior analyst at 
Cushman & Wakefield. • Katie Den Uyl married 
Daniel Zolnierz on September 18, 2009. The 
wedding was held at St. Theresa of Avila 
Church in West Roxbury, and the officiant was 
Msgr. William Helmick. Other Class of 2005 
attendees included Stephanie Maniscalco 
MA'07, Robert Albanese, Chris Kelly, Ben Webber, 
Mike Protasewich, Kristen Kennedy, Kaitlyn 
Brenner MS 06, Sabrina Weinstein, Chris Van 
Wart, Joseph Corral Mayerle, and Macarena 
Mayerle Corral. Katie is an MBA candidate at 
Boston College and is currently employed at 
Brown Brothers Harriman. Dan is a 2005 
graduate of Babson College and is pursuing 
his MBA there. • Laura Kenyon married 
Christopher Liberti on May 16, 2009, in 
Westchester, NY. Anthony Liberti '07, brother 
of the groom, was best man, and Bryan 
McGuinness and Jean Calixte were grooms- 
men. Also in attendance were Andrew Kenyon 
'10, brother of the bride, and Christine '79 
and Michael Liberti '79, parents of the groom. 


Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 845-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea 973-224-3863 

We are rapidly approaching our fifth year 
away from campus. You know what that 


Although she admits, "I haven't 
owned a bike since childhood," 
Mackenzie Stunkard '08 spent 
this past summer pedaling across the 
United States. 

As a volunteer for Bike & Build, 
an organization that funds and helps 
execute affordable-housing projects, 
she joined 31 other cyclists to make the 
trek from coast to coast. 

After dipping their wheels in the 
Atlantic in Boston, the group headed 
west. Their route took them through the 
Alleghenies — "I got to bike through my 
hometown!" the Pittsburgh native says — 
and across the Texas panhandle and the 
Arizona desert to Santa Barbara, Calif. 

Two-wheeled transportation gave 
them a special connection to America. 
"When you stop in a small town and 
meet the local grocer, you get a 

completely different perspective of our country. It was really eye-opening for me," 
says Stunkard. 

Along the way, they stopped for "build days" in 10 cities, where they swung hammers 
and wielded nail guns, working together with other affordable-housing organizations, 
such as Habitat for Humanity, to construct homes for families in need. 

"It takes so little to make such a big impact," she says, "and combining service and 
adventure made for an unforgettable summer!" 

Below, Stunkard volunteers other thoughts and insights: 

Mackenzie Stunkard participated in Bike & 
Build this past summer. 


I hope this is yet to come. 


Running into the Pacific Ocean after 
dreaming about it for 4,000 miles. 


Watching the hockey team win the 
national championship. 


Finding a job that utilizes my skills 
and passion. 


Join a Kairos retreat. 


This summer only reinforced what I had 
already learned from Boston College. As I 
biked cross country for affordable housing, 
I was taken aback daily by the overwhelming 
generosity of strangers. Not only did this 

summer inspire me to do even more for 
my community, but it gave me a great deal 
of hope for the future of our country. 


After I was accepted, a family friend 
convinced me there was no other option. 
They were absolutely right. I immediately 
fell in love with everything from the campus 
to the enthusiasm of the students. 


I think Winston Churchill was on the 
right track: "Success is going from failure 
to failure without losing enthusiasm." 


The 50-yard line of Alumni Stadium. 


I would take the entire student body and 
staff into the surrounding community for 
a day of volunteering. Can you imagine 
the impact of 10,000 people donating 
eight hours of service? 



means: the Class of 2006 is headed back 
to the Heights for our first official class 
reunion! Mike Cianchette, Dave Levy, Natalie 
Caruso, and Colleen Crowley are taking 
the lead on some of the reunion efforts and 
would love help from any classmates who 
might be interested! Please contact Mike 
Cianchette ( 
or Dave Levy ( for 
more information and to become involved. 

• Susan Berube was married to Christopher 
Mello '05, MS'06, on August 29, 2009, at 
the Aldrich Mansion in Rhode Island. Fr. 
McGowan was the officiant at the wedding 
and 15 BC Eagles attended. Those in the 
bridal party were Jonathan Carreiro '05, best 
man; Amanda Grey, maid of honor; Betsy 
Davis, bridesmaid; Stephen Dolph MS'io, 
groomsman; and Marissa Mello, Class of '12, 
bridesmaid. The Mellos are currently living 
in Philadelphia. • Matthew Mifsud received 
his MD degree from Tufts Medical School 
on May 23. He is doing a five-year ENT 
surgical residency at the University of South 
Florida. • On May 22, Caroline M. Arre 
and Steven L. Oliveira were married at the 
bride's high-school chapel in Convent Station, 
NJ. The bridal party included Angela 
Shannon, Anne Griffin Murphy, Christian 
Commelin JD'09, and Brian Wildermuth. 
There were many other BC alumni in 
attendance, all of whom gathered for an 
alumni photo to the music of the BC fight 
song. • Elizabeth Bouchard has joined 
the New England Foundation for the Arts 
(NEFA) as an executive and development 
associate. NEFA supports the arts within 
New England and beyond and works to 
connect artists and audiences. • Kara Fleming 
and Scott Weber were married on September 
19, 2009, in Lake Forest, IL. Bridesmaids 
included Claire O'Connell and Margaret 
Zulkey. Wedding guests included Krista 
Henneman, Lindsey Laboe, Caitlin Murphy, 
Jessica Nelson, Alexis Ocana, Rosa Ortiz, 
Lindsay Pesacreta, and Peter Boogaard '07. 
The couple currently reside in Chicago. 

• Kelly Winn was married to Eric Hiltz on 
July 10 in a beautiful ceremony on Cape Cod 
with 30 BC alumni in attendance. Those 
serving as bridesmaids included Kelly's 
sister Caroline Winn, Class of '11; Katie 
Flaherty-Florek; and Ashley Walther. 

• Greg Myers is the founder of IM Leagues, 
com, a website that enables colleges, and 
universities to run their entire intramural 
sports programs online, making intramurals 
more fun and interactive for students. 


Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 

11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-6608 

Lisa Antonellis married Shawn Kelley on 
June 19. The reception was held at Cyprian 
Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. The bridal 
party included maid of honor Kathryn 
Barwikowski and bridesmaids Carrie 
O'Donnell and Kristin Raho '08, MS'09. 
Many other BC alumni were in attendance 
at the celebration. The couple currently live 
in Northborough. 


Correspondent: Maura Tierney 

92 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Ainsely Jones enjoyed a gathering with 
classmates this past summer. She writes, 
"Countryfest featuring Kenny Chesney 
is always a fun-filled reunion weekend for 
a group of cowgirls from the Class of 2008. 
Kenny was lying low this year, but that 
didn't stop us from getting together for 
poolside tailgating and great countiy tunes 
in Hopkinton! Other cowgirls in attendance 
were Abigail Hasebroock, Julia Walsh, Jillian 
Daly MEd'io, Lauren Carfora MA'09, Meg 
Commins, and Thayer Surette. The weather 
was beautiful, and we had a blast! We 
missed Catherine Clark, Sarah Williams, and 
Emily Tsanotelis. 


Correspondent: Timothy Bates 

277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa, NY 11758 

Roberto Licalzi received a commission in the 
U.S. Marine Corps as a 2nd lieutenant. 

• Caroline Hayes is starting law school 
at Villanova. • Alison Wagoner is at UCLA's 
graduate school of nursing, working toward 
an MSN. • Jessica DeLuca is a research 
associate for higher education consulting 
at Eduventures Inc. in Boston. • Matt Porter 
is pursuing a master's degree at Syracuse 
University's Newhouse School of Public 
Communications after teaching in Turkey 
last year. • Elvis Jocol Lara is the founder and 
president of Casa Guatemala, a cultural 
and educational nonprofit serving the Latino 
community of Waltham. He is also the 
director of scholarships for the Boston 
Chapter of the Association of Latino 
Professionals in Finance and Accounting. 
Elvis is an account controller at State Street 
Corporation. • Christina Harostock is the 
reservations assistant manager at Beaver Run 
Resort in Breckenridge, CO. • David Alienor 
started a music project at www.davidisoffkey. 
com and released his demo CD on iTunes. 

• Stephanie Howe started a PhD program 
in sociology and demography at Penn 
State. • Alina Bogdanov finished an MA 
in economics at Boston University and is 
working as a research analyst at Acumen 
in San Francisco. • Miriam Michalczyk is 
pursuing an MA in Italian studies at NYU's 
Florence campus. • Laura Harvey, MEd'io, 
is working as a special education resource 
teacher for the Farmington Public Schools in 
Connecticut. • Pilar Landon is in her second 
year with Teach for America, teaching 
nth-grade math in Chicago. • Kristen Pfau 
and Derek Fedak are both in their second 
year of the Master of Environmental 
Management (MEM) program at Duke. Derek 
split his summer between two field projects, 
one studying mangrove biodiversity in Costa 
Rica and the other surveying local villagers 
about lion populations in Mozambique. 
Kristen spent her summer working on a 

malaria and insecticides project in 
Tanzania. Joining them this year in Duke's 
MEM program is Noelle Wyman. • Tommaso 
Canetta, MA'io, received his master's in 
higher education administration from BC 
and is now employed as an admission 
counselor at Babson. • Elizabeth Kennedy 
is working as an events assistant at Harvard 
Business School. • Abby Humphrey is 
working toward a master of education in 
human development and psychology at 
Harvard. • Matt Raffol is working in 
residential psychotherapeutic treatment with 
adolescents at the Sonia Shankman 
Orthogenic School. He is also working toward 
a master's in social service administration 
at the University of Chicago. 


Correspondent: Bridget K. Sweeney 

4 Lawrence Street 

Danvers, MA 01923; 978-985-1628 

Caysie Carter returned to the Heights this 
fall to get her master's degree in secondary 
education, English, from the Lynch School's 
fifth-year program. • Many of the Class of 
2010's Fulbright awardees have already 
relocated to their host countries. Among 
them are Nadiya Chadha, Brendan Kracke, 
John McMahon, and Colleen O'Connor, all in 
Germany; Joe Zabinski in Austria; Pat 
Passarelli in Russia; and James Lange in 
Spain. Jenny Driscoll is also moving to Spain 
to work as a teaching assistant for the Ministry 
of Education. • Sean Comber is working as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, 
and Jonathan Cali is volunteering with Rostro 
de Cristo in Ecuador. • John McLaren 
has recently begun his job as a business 
development associate for AmniSure 
International LLC in Boston. • Jen Thomasch 
is also in the Boston area, working as an 
associate marketing campaign producer 
for Allen & Gerritsen based in Watertown. 
• Kristen Moran has relocated to New York 
City to work as a legal assistant at Sullivan 
& Cromwell LLP. • Please continue to send 
me updates as you all get settled in your 
new jobs, volunteer placements, or other 


Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Patricia Hillman, MBA'79, founding member 
of the Council for Women of Boston College, 
chaired the McMullen Museum of Art event 
on September 14. This is a semiannual event, 
sponsored the council. • In September, Shari 
L. Zedeck, MBA'86, joined health-care 
communications network NaviNet as VP of 
product management. • Alex Lintner, MBA'87, 
recently celebrated his. fifth anniversary 
at Intuit, a Silicon Valley-based software 
company. Alex is president of the Global 
Business Division. • In August, Michael Ott, 
MBA'90, was named Twin Cities market 
leader of the Private Client Reserve at U.S. 
Bank, where he was previously head of the 


investment team. Mike is also active in the 
Twin Cities community as a member of the 
board of directors of Children's Hospitals and 
Clinics of Minnesota. An alumnus of the U.S. 
Air Force Academy, Mike is a lieutenant 
colonel in the Air Force Reserves, where he 
serves as a military advisor at the Pentagon 
for an undersecretary of defense. He resides 
in the Minneapolis area. • Also in August, 
Matthew F. McManus, MBA'92, was 
appointed president and CEO of PrimeraDx, 
where he also joined the board of directors. 
He was previously head of Cleveland Clinic 
Laboratories and COO of the Pathology and 
Laboratory Medicine Institute. Matthew holds 
MD and PhD degrees from the University of 
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. • Mike 
Byrnes, MBA'oo, is president of Byrnes 
Consulting, which provides business planning 
and marketing strategy consulting services to 
help companies become more successful. He 
and his wife, Erika, welcomed their first baby, 
Catherine Elizabeth Byrnes, in November 
2009. • We regret to report that Kenneth K. 
King }r., MBA'81, of Bradenton, FL, passed 
away in July after a long struggle with diabetes 
complications. He is survived by his wife, 
two children, two siblings, and seven grand- 
children. Ken, a graduate of the U.S. Naval 
Academy, was a distinguished business 
executive and a lifelong member and officer 
of churches in Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, 
Massachusetts, and Florida. 


Cushing Hall, Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Paul Arnstein, PhD'97, is the director of 
MGH Cares about Pain Relief and a clinical 
nurse specialist for pain relief at Massachusetts 
General Hospital. He has published a book, 
titled Clinical Coach for Effective Pain 
Management (FA Davis, 2010), to help nurses 
better understand the principles of safe, effec- 
tive pain treatment. Designed to be a pocket 
guide for instant, easy access to a consultant, 
it is part of a series that addresses the five 
areas of practice that nurses find most chal- 
lenging to master. 


McGuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

In June, Qualidigm CEO Marcia K. Petrillo, 

MA'69, was named a finalist Nonprofit 
Executive of the Year by the Hartford 
Business Journal at its annual Nonprofit 
Heroes Awards ceremony, held at the 
Connecticut Convention Center. Marcia, who 
has led Qualidigm and its predecessor 
organization for 35 years, was recognized for 
her pioneering work in the field of health- 
care improvement. Marcia resides with her 
husband, Charles, in Bloomfield. • Dennis 
Schmidt, PhD'81, a liberal arts research 
professor of philosophy, comparative 
literature, and German at Pennsylvania 
State University, recently collaborated with 
SUNY Press on the book Being and Time: 
A Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation. 

Read details about the book at: www.suny- 

• John Mark Fullmer, MA'06, of Fullerton, 
CA, has joined the Peace Corps. In August, 
he traveled to the Philippines, where he 
began preservice training as a volunteer 
teaching English. After spending three 
months with a host family there, acquiring 
the language and cultural skills necessary to 
assist his community, he will serve for two 
years in the Philippines. John is an alumnus 
of the University of Southern California in 
Los Angeles, where he earned a BA in music 
in 2002. A published author, he also worked 
as a writing instructor at Chapman University, 
Fullerton College, and Irvine Valley College. 

• Daniel Kabala, MA'07, was recently named 
an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, 
having successfully completed a series of 
exams demonstrating comprehensive 
understanding of the business of property 
and casualty insurance. Daniel is a senior 
actuarial analyst at Liberty Mutual Group. 

• Former president of Newton College 
of the Sacred Heart Gabrielle A. Husson, 
RSCJ, MA'51, died on June 30 at the age of 
99. Sr. Husson entered the Society of the 
Sacred Heart in 1929 and pronounced her 
final vows at the Mother House in Rome 
in 1938, having already begun her ministry 
in education in 1932 at Newton Country 
Day School, where she served as mistress 
general. Upon her retirement from Newton 
College, Sr. Husson moved to Washington 
DC as superior for the Apostolic Center 
for retired religious of the Sacred Heart, 
and in 2008, she joined the RSCJ 
community at Teresian House. She is 
survived by her half-brother, Christopher 
Husson'65, of Pittsfield. Much loved and 
respected by all who knew her, Sr. Husson 
will be greatly missed. 


McGuinn Hall, Room 604 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Class Notes for the Graduate School of Social 
Work are published in GSSW Magazine. Please 
forward submissions to the above address. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 0245c) 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Patricia Fitzgerald, MEd'8o, is the new 
principal of Lura A. White Elementary 

School in Shirley. Previously, she was a 
guidance counselor and the principal 
designee at Byam Elementary School in 
Chelmsford. Patricia has also been a teacher 
and a business woman. She owned and 
operated an outplacement counseling firm 
in Chestnut Hill for 12 years. • Cheryl A. 
Barnard, MA'87, has recently been named 
to the board of trustees of Catholic Charities 
of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Currently 
the VP and dean of student affairs at 
Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, 
since 2007 Cheryl has served as a senior 
administrator at SJC, overseeing the offices 
of residential life, campus ministry, career 
development, community outreach and 
partnerships, diversity initiatives, student 
activities, counseling, disability services, 
and health services. Cheryl also volunteers 
as the Connecticut state director for the 
National Association of Student Personnel 
Administrators. She lives in West Simsbury 
with her husband and two children. 
• Maryellen Spellman Iannibelli, MEd'oi, 
has been appointed to the newly created 
position of principal of Georgetown Middle 
School. Maryellen previously served as 
assistant principal at Doherty Middle 
School in Andover. • Nancy Yake Kerr, 
PhD'06, is a professor and program director 
of the Media Communication program 
at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. 
She is also the owner of Spinnaker 
Communications, a firm specializing in PR 
for nonprofit organizations. Nancy resides 
in Shelburne. 


School of Theology &. Ministry 

140 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800 

Class Notes are published in Called to 
Serve, the School of Theology & Ministry's 
magazine. Please forward submissions of 50 
words or less, including school, degree, and 
graduation year, to the address above. 


Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham, MA 02026; 78i-}26-02C)0 

Fred Bryson '77 happily reports that his 
granddaughter Kaitlyn Mulcahy, who has 
been attending Framingham State and 
doing very well, has recently transferred 
to the Woods College of Advancing 
Studies at BC. • Richard Reilly. MS'03, 
has been appointed chairman of the 
Massachusetts Joint Labor Management 
Committee for municipal police and 
fire. The appointment was made by 
Governor Duval Patrick on July 29, 2010, 
for a period of three years. The committee 
exercises oversight responsibility for all 
collective bargaining negotiations between 
municipal police officers or firefighters 
and municipalities in the Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. Congratulations, Rich, 
on your appointment! 



Richard J. Coner '39 of Quincy 
on September 7, 2010. 

Anthony DiNatale '38, MA'48, of 
Hyannis on September 16, 2010. 

John J. McGrath, SJ, '39, '45, of 
Weston on July 9, 2010. 

William B. Prior '38 of Sarasota, 
FL, on July 9, 2010. 

Dermot P. Shea, Esq., JD'39, of 
Mystic, CT, on August 15, 2010. 


Gerard D. Barry '46 of Boston 

on September 4, 2010. 

Thomas Kenneth Connelly '49 

of Plaistow, NH, on July 27, 2010. 

Mark Delery '41 of Berryville, VA, 
on June 29, 2010. 

Irene R. Fontaine, SUSC, 
WCAS'46, MEd'51, of North 
Smithfield, RI, on August 6, 2010. 

Thomas J. Galligan Jr. '41, H'75, 
of Westwood on September 
9, 2010. 

Lillian Gaskill, MSSW'45, of 
Morganton, NC, on January 
16, 2010. 

John A. Gianoulis '48 of 

Lexington on July 15, 2010. 

Eugene J. Goodreault '41 of 

Orinda, CA, on July 13, 2010. 

Robert T. Jauron '42 of Salem on 
July 20, 2010. 

John E. Kennedy Jr. '45 of North 
Charleston, SC, on June 28, 2010. 

Edward H. McCall '44 of Woburn 
on July 9, 2010. 

Joseph A. McCarthy '40 of Carver 
on April 7, 2010. 

Thomas McCarthy '49 of 

London, England, on May 3, 2010. 

Anthony G. Muello, Esq., JD'44, 
of Arlington on August 1, 2010. 

Joseph B. Regan '40 of Avon, CT, 
on June 3, 2010. 

Thomas F. Spencer Jr., Esq., '48 
of Melrose on July 6, 2010. 

Thomas G. Stuart '44 of Dover, 
NH, on June 29, 2010. 

Thomas V. Sweeney '40 of 
Weymouth on June 17, 2010. 

John R. Yurewicz '49, MA'56, 
of Green Acres, FL, formerly of 
Foxborough, on August 4, 2010. 


Robert J. Arnold '53 of Lakewood, 
NJ, on September 20, 2009. 

James V. Attolino '56 of Milford 
and Hobe Sound, FL, on Septem- 
ber 13, 2010. 

Walter F. Bankowski '55, MEd'57, 
of Virginia Beach, VA, on June 
30, 2010. 

Louis J. Belliveau '51, MS'52, 
of Gaithersburg, MD, on June 
13, 2010. 

John J. Brodbine, Esq., JD'51, 
of Lynnneld and Falmouth on 
July 26, 2010. 

Mary E. Broderick, SND, MEd'59, 
of Worcester on September 
12, 2010. 

Dorothy Gabriello Burke, CSJ, 
MA'54 of Framingham on June 
29, 2010. 

Mary Hogan Calabrese '58 of 

Dalton on June 21, 2010. 

Frederick T. Carey '53 of Canton 
on July 20, 2010. 

Barbara A. Cassidy NC'52 of 
Bangor, ME, on February 1, 2009. 

Vincent F. Ciampa, MSW'57, of 

Palm Springs, CA, on September 

17, 2010. 

Paul Y. Clinton '52 of Osterville 
and Naples, FL, on June 29, 2010. 

Gerard C. Coletta, WCAS53, of 
Lexington on July 20, 2010. 

Francis C. Connolly Jr. '50 of 

North Kingstown, RI, on August 
20, 2010. 

Harold V. Connolly Jr. '53 

of Catonsville, MD, on August 

18, 2010. 

Thomas J. Connolly '58 of 

Needham on August 14, 2010. 

James E. Cotter '59 of Quincy on 
July 20, 2010. 

Edward J. Davis, MA'53, of 
Dorchester on July 14, 2010. 

Louis D. DeGennaro, MS'50, 
of North Syracuse, NY, on July 
5, 2010. 

Edward John Degraw '59, 
MS'61, of Hockessin, DE, on 
July 14, 2010. 

Robert D. Delaney, Esq., JD'55, 
of Stratford, CT, on September 
1, 2010. 

Arthur B. Driscoll '53 of 

South Yarmouth on September 
17, 2010. 

Robert F. Earley '52 of Burlington, 
VT, on August 24, 2010. 

John J. Feeney, MEd'51, of 
Sandwich on September 1, 2010. 

Robert J. Flynn, WCAS'54, of 
Scituate on July 15, 2010. 

Robert E. Fuller '53 of Maiden on 
June 30, 2010. 

Timothy W. Good III '57 of 

Gloucester and Stuart, FL, on 
June 28, 2010. 

Joseph P. Harrington, Esq., '55 of 
New Bedford on August 18, 2010. 

William J. Hennessy '51 of Fairfax 
Station, VA, on June 22, 2010. 

Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA'51, 
of Albany, NY, on June 30, 2010. 

Alexander J. Kalinski, Esq., 
JD'55, °f Bedford, NH, on June 
22, 2010. 

John Kerdiejus, SJ, STL'59, of 
Weston on July 29, 2010. 

Edward M. Kodzis '54 of West 
Dennis on August 5, 2010. 

Margaret Carmody Kova '59 of 

Skaneateles, NY, on August 2, 2010. 

Leo J. Kraunelis '53 of Melbourne 
Beach, FL, formerly of Bar- 
rington, RI, on September 11, 

Joseph R. Loschi, Esq., '56 of 
Virginia Beach, VA, on June 
25, 2010. 

John J. Mazeika, MEd'56, of 
Shrewsbury on August 16, 2010. 

Edward F. C. McGonagle, JD'57, 
of Pelham, NY, on July 19, 2010. 

Robert F. McGrath, Esq., '54, 
JD'61, of Sherborn and Boynton 
Beach, FL, on June 23, 2010. 

Joseph L. Moylan '57 of Sarasota, 
FL, on July 21, 2010. 

John R. Mullen '50 of Quincy on 
July 21, 2010. 

Robert J. Mulrenan '51 of Melrose 
on April 23, 2008. 

Charles L. Nugent '51 of North 
Andover on September 17, 2010. 

Richard G. O'Kane '50 of 

Marblehead of Peabody on 
August 9, 2010. 

Thomas F. O'Keefe '52 of Scituate 
on July 14, 2010. 

John J. Perkins, WCAS'57, of 
Boston on September 11, 2010. 

Patricia J. (Maginnis) Regalbuti 

'57 of Broad Brook, CT, on July 
5, 2010. 

John J. Rogers '52 of Bolton 
on May 26, 2010. 

Joan Therese (Maloney) Rothen- 
berger '53 of Shepherd, MI, on 
September 2, 2010. 

Andrew J. Samuelson '50 of 

Columbus, OH, on June 12, 2010. 

Charles E. Sanphy '56 of Nahant 
on August 22, 2010. 

Daniel L. Scali '50 of Waltham on 
August 9, 2010. 

Thomas R. Seymour '51 

of Ogdensburg, NY, on July 
26, 2010. 

Paul E. Shield '53 of Brattleboro, 
VT, on August 6, 2010. 

Richard J. Smith '55 of Norwood 
on August 31, 2010. 

James H. Sullivan '52 of Lexing- 
ton on September 1, 2010. 

Joseph M. Sweeney '52 of Miami, 
FL, on August 22, 2010. 

John D. Thomas '50 of Worcester 
on July 15, 2010. 

James J. Williamson, MSW55, of 
Pensacola, FL, on July 23, 2010. 


Thomas F. Beggan Jr. '62 of 

Windham, NH, formerly of 
Andover, on August 11, 2010. 

Margaret Ann Brady, OP, 

MEd'67, of St. Catharine, KY, 
on June 15, 2010. 

Edward J. Burke '61 of Spring- 
field, VA, on August 5, 2010. 

John W. Burke, MEd'66, of 
Beaufort, SC, and West Bath, ME, 
on June 5, 2010. 

Hugh L. Burns Sr., MSW'69, 
of Sun City Center, FL, on June 
23, 2010. 

Allan J. Busta Sr., WCAS'61, of 
Hampton, NH, on July 22, 2010. 

William R. Callahan, STL'66, of 
Brentwood, MD, on July 5, 2010. 

David H. Connor, MA'68, of 
Truro on August 7, 2010. 

Joseph F. D'Aurizio, MSW'64, 
of Rochester, NY, on September 
4, 2009. 

Mary Mercia Dillon, RSM, 
MEd'67, °f Savannah, GA, on 
September 13, 2010. 

Laura A. Diskavich '69, 
MS'8o, of Avon, CT, on August 
14, 2010. 


Marguerite Nolan Donovan 

NC'66 of Harwich Port on July 
10, 2010. 

Laurence D. Eaton. Esq., 
JD'68, of Torrance, CA, on July 

21. 2010. 

Margaret A. Eminian, WCAS'66, 
of Andover on July 6, 2010. 

Thomas H. Fallon, Esq.. '64 of 
Maiden and Hampton, NH, on 
August 16, 2010. 

Kevin M. Glynn. Esq.. '68 of East 
Falmouth on July 7, 2010. 

John A. Hanrahan, SJ, LST'67, 
of Weston, formerly of Rockford, 
IL. on June 17. 2010. 

Robert F. Lilley, MBA'67, of 
Trumbull. CT, on August 
18, 2010. 

Gerald P. McOsker, Esq., JD'64. 
of Middletown, RI, on June 
14, 2010. 

John E. Molan, MS'62, of 
Manchester, NH, on June 
13, 2010. 

Brigid Moroney, SSJ. MEd'66 
of Rutland, VT, on September 
12, 2010. 

Finbarr M. O'Connell '61, 
MSW'63, of Scottsville, VA, on 
June 12, 2010. 

Joel T. O'Brien '60, MBA'74, of 
Plymouth on August 6, 2010. 

James R. O'Connor, Esq., JD'64, 
of Barrington, RI, on August 

3, 2010. 

Brendan J. Perry, Esq., JD'6o, of 
Holliston on July 25, 2010. 

Alice C. (Farrell) Price '62 of 

Randolph on June 9, 2010. 

Albert J. Rossi '61 of Boston on 
March 22, 2010. 

Joseph B. Ruth Jr., MBA'64, of 
Ashburnham, on September 

4, 2010. 

Frederick J. Ryan '61, MA'64, of 
Worcester on August 3, 2010. 

Dorothy T. Terminello, CSJ, 

MEd'61, of Framingham on July 
10, 2010. 

Louis A. Von Kahle, WCAS'62, of 
Hingham on September 6, 2010. 

Anne M. Ward, MEd'63, of West 
Hills, CA, on May 20, 2010. 

Phyllis E. Yachimski '66, MS'74, of 
Jamaica Plain on August 4, 2010. 

Catherine (Stratford) Yahres '67 

of East Longmeadow on June 

22, 2010. 

Ruth (Landfield) Aronson, 

WCAS'79. MEd'81. of Newton 
Highlands, on August 10, 2010. 

Jo-Ann Bellucci '77 of Neptune, 
NJ, on July 31, 2010. 

John J. Connerty '74 of Raynham 
on September 21, 2010. 

Donald A. Fiore '76 of Lexington 
on August 7, 2010. 

Maureen (Mulvaney) Flynn 

NC'70 of Rainbow Springs, FL, 
formerly of Framingham, on 
June 8, 2010. 

Leo P. Frechette, MA'73, of Dra- 
cut on September 1, 2010. 

Elizabeth (Marson) Guralnick, 

MSW'76, of Brooldine on August 
16, 2010. 

Mary Margery Higgins, MEd'79, 
CAES'92, of Salem on July 
9, 2010. 

Peter G. Maguire '71, MBA'74, °f 
Beverly on August 15, 2010. 

Noreen V. Murphy, MEd'70, of 
Lakeland, FL, on July 4, 2010. 

Stephen R. Poskus '73 of 

San Diego, CA, on September 
4, 2010. 

Albert P. Russo, DEd'71, of Marl- 
borough on September 1, 2010. 

Edward F. Saunders Jr., Esq. ,'71 
of Quincy on August 28, 2010. 

Michael Anthony Senger, 

MA'78, of Detroit, MI, on August 
10, 2010. 

James F. Sullivan, Esq., '72 of 
New Canaan, CT, on August 
9, 2010. 

Paul K. Thomas '76 of Canton on 

July 24, 2010. 

Judith Landry Valone, MS'74, or " 

Mill Valley, CA, on June 15, 2010. 



Richard P. Allen, MS'71, ofTolland, 
CT, on September 4, 2010. 

Nicholas A. Carpinelli '87 of 

Valhalla, NY, on July 21, 2010. 

Paul William Cox, DEd'8o, of 
Chelmsford on July 27, 2010. 

Eamonn S. Gallagher '83 of 
Chicopee on July 11, 2010. 

Linda A. Hagopian '80 of Stough- 
ton on August 24, 2010. 

Ronald E. Harlow '87 of Shel- 
burne Falls on August 5, 2010. 

Mary Dianne (Wixted) Hayes, 

Esq., MEd'89, MA'97, of Quincy 
on September 4, 2010. 

Kenneth K. King, MBA'81, of 
Bradenton, FL, on July 3, 2010. 

Benjamin P. Kraisky '88 of 

Mount Vernon, NY, on August 
10, 2010. 

Antonio A. Lopez, Esq., JD'8o, of 
Dallas, TX, on August 28, 2010. 

Kelly Jean (Fitzpatrick) McLaugh- 
lin '86 of San Rafael, CA, on July 

I, 2010. 

Pamela K. Palmer, MS'81, of 
Stoughton on July 18, 2010. 

Jonathan David Parks, SDB, 
MEd'96, of Gretna, LA, on July 

II, 2010. 

Norman A. Peloquin II, Esq., 

'84 of South Dartmouth on July 
23, 2010. 

Raymond R. Powell, WCAS'82, 
of Maiden on July 28, 2010. 

Joseph Lee Riccardi, Esq., JD'83, 
of West Roxbury on July 14, 2010. 

Mary K. Stewart, RSM, MA'83, 
of Middlebury, VT, on June 
14, 2010. 

Joseph Michael Alden '97, JD'99, 
of Boston, formerly of Severna 
Park, MD, on June 28, 2010. 

Joseph W. Appleyard '93 of 

Melrose on September 3, 2010. 

Stephen W. Fernald, MBA'93, of 
Sandwich on July 11, 2010. 

Irene Johnson, MBA'94, of 
Mendham, NJ, on June 14, 2010. 


Arnold Frost, of Milton, 
employee in the Housekeeping 
Department from 1989 to 1999, 
on October 5, 2010, at age 80. 
He is survived by his daughters 
Donna and Virginia, sons 
Robert and Stephen, and sister 
Ceraldine Holgrimson. 

Ellen K. Hominsky, of West 
Roxbury, employee for 35 years, 
most recently as a procurement 
and fiscal specialist in the Office 
of Residential Life, on September 
23, 2010, at age 58. She is survived 
by her mother Mildred, and 
sisters Joan Driscoll and 
Nancy Meade. 

Florence Yu, of West Roxbury, 
Dining Services employee from 
2001 to 2010, on July 2, 2010, 
at age 47. She is survived by 
her husband Wayne and 
their children. 

Joseph W. Appleyard, of 
Melrose, teacher assistant in 
the Campus School for six 
years, on September 2, 2010, 
at age 39. He is survived by his 
parents, Richard and Elizabeth; 
brothers Stephen and David; 
and sister lane Allen. 

The obituary section is compiled 
from national listings and notices 
from family members and friends 
of alumni. The section includes only 
the deaths reported to us since the 
previous issue of Boston College 
Magazine. Please send infonnation 
to: Office of University Advancement, 
More Hall 220, 140 Commonwealth 
Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 





Boston College is an 
institution that has 
always valued tradition. From 
the University's long-standing 
focus on the liberal arts to 
ceremonies like First Year 
Academic Convocation, BC 
prizes initiatives that both 
celebrate its unique heritage 
and strengthen its future. 

The Light the World cam- 
paign goal to increase legacy 
giving to BC is one such 
endeavor, enabling alumni, 
parents, and friends to make 
a critical difference for the 
University. Donors who create 
these gifts join a philanthropic 
tradition that dates back to the 
institution's founding, when 
Joseph Coolidge Shaw, S.J., 
left the proceeds of his life 
insurance policy and his book 
collection to help establish BC. 

Since that time, generations 
of BC community members 
have continued to make legacy 

commitments that provide 
the University with the fiscal 
strength and security required 
for continued growth. Legacy 
gifts of all sizes matter and 
bolster nearly every aspect of 
the Boston College experience. 

Many legacy giving donors 
have chosen to contribute to 
financial aid, giving more 
than $10.4 million to this key 
University priority over the 
last decade. This support is 
more crucial than ever since 
7 in 10 BC undergraduates 
now receive some form of 
financial assistance. 

Additionally, legacy gifts 
have provided more than 
$2 million to the Boston 
College Libraries over the 
last 10 years, enabling BC to 
expand its digital and print 
collections and enhance one 
of the nation's finest university 
library systems. Other legacy 
commitments have fostered 


Please let the Office of Gift Planning know if you've made 
a legacy commitment to Boston College. The University 
values your support and wishes to recognize your 
philanthropy by welcoming you into the Shaw Society. 

All members receive an invitation to an annua! fall 
luncheon, special recognition in BC's donor honor rolls, 
and updates on the latest University news, among other 
exclusive benefits. 

To be counted, call 877-304-SHAW or e-mail 

Legacy giving donors help ensure that future Boston College students 
continue to receive a distinctive education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. 

the growth of the new School 
of Theology and Ministry and 
promoted student and faculty 
research in the fields of science. 
"Legacy gifts enable donors 
to support BC over the long 
term and have a lasting impact 
on the University," says legacy 
giving donor Cynthia Bigelow 
'82. "They offer flexibility to 
those who wish to make a 
special campaign contribution, 
but who aren't presently in a 
position to make that gift in 
cash." Bigelow established a 
bequest in her will for BC this 
past spring. Her unrestricted 
gift will enable the University 
to support its most urgent needs, 
including academic initiatives, 
athletics, and service-learning 
programming, among other 
important areas. 

Charitable gift annuities 
are another popular legacy 
giving option and provide 
substantial tax benefits and a 
secure income stream for life. 
Donors may also designate 
BC as a beneficiary of their 
life insurance policy or 
retirement plan. 

Barbara NC'65 and Robert 
Kenny '61, P'95, '05, are one 
of many couples to choose a 
retirement plan designation, 
which allowed them to secure 
their own financial future as 
well as that of Boston College. 

"Our legacy gifts enabled us 
to assist the university that has 
meant so much to our family," 
says Robert Kenny, "and they 
will help the next generation 
of BC students make the most 
of their time at the Heights." 




Young alumni are impact- 
ing University life like 
never before. Through the 
Maroon & GOLD program, an 
initiative aimed at engaging 
Graduates Of the Last Decade 
in new and creative ways, 
recent graduates are giving 
in unprecedented numbers. 

Since the program officially 
launched in 2007, GOLD alumni 
participation has increased 
100 percent from approximately 
3,000 donors to a record of 
more than 6,000 in fiscal year 
2009-10. Their support serves 
to inspire all graduates as 
BC aims to increase overall 
alumni participation through 
the Light the World campaign. 

Jeffrey Carman '02, 
co-chair of the Maroon & 
GOLD New York Regional 
Council, attributed the 
GOLD achievement to a 
sense of identity shared by 
young alumni, saying that 
BC is the place where he 
forged lifelong friendships 
and became the person he 
is today. Such experiences, 
he says, create a strong 
incentive to give back. 

"I continue to volunteer 
my time and make my annual 
gift because I'm thankful to 
be part of such a tremendous 
community," says Carman, 
who met his wife, Christine '02, 
MEd'03, at Boston College. 

Like him, Ingrid Bengtson '07 
was drawn to the idea of having 
an immediate effect on BC's 
success by giving. Heeding 
the University's call to "give to 
what you love," Bengtson, a 
first-time donor this past year, 
chose to support student-ath- 
letes, citing her time on the 
women's ski team as her 
main motivation. 

"I designated my gift to 
the Flynn Fund," explains 
Bengtson. "BC is the best 
place to be a student-athlete, 
and being on a team was the 
highlight of my college career. 
I feel good about helping to 
create that opportunity for 
today's students." 

As a group, GOLD 
alumni gave to numerous 
areas at the Heights — among 
them individual schools, 
service initiatives, spirituality 
programs, and art and music 
groups. They also donated to 
the BC Fund, which enables 
the University to support 
areas of urgent need, such 
as financial aid. 

Each gift, large or small, 
will have a significant impact 
on the quality of student life 
and the reputation of the 
University. Says Carman, 
"The most important part of 
any gift is not the size — 
it's the benefit that it will 
bring to today's BC students." 


James Hardeman MSW '73 




Clinical and case social work 


Workplace violence 
intervention expert 


Cheering for the Eagles 
at Alumni Stadium 

Why did you attend graduate school at Boston College? 
I had already accepted an offer from Columbia University when 
Ruth Fallon, then GSSW admission director, invited me to campus. 
I met with the faculty and students and soon knew BC was for me. 
There was this dynamic energy — this love — that made BC's social 
work program different from all others. I especially remember how 
classroom discussions with our professors would often continue 
over lunch or dinner; we were a true community. 

What other areas of the University remain close to your heart? 
I was fortunate to work closely with BC administrators for nearly 
12 years to help build and grow the AHANA program. In particular, 
I tutored incoming student-athletes over the summer to help them 
succeed at the Heights. I'm gratified that AHANA is thriving and 
continues to offer excellent programming, and I'm equally pleased 

that all student-athletes today have so many outstanding academic 
resources at their disposal. 

Why did you establish a legacy gift? 

My bequest for BC enables me to give back more than I could in 
my lifetime. My gift of real estate will provide scholarship funding 
for both minority students at the Graduate School of Social Work 
and AHANA undergraduates. In this way, I can make a tangible 
and permanent difference in the areas that matter most to me 
and ensure that tomorrow's students have the resources they 
need to succeed. 






By Maureen Dezell 

Amy Hutton finds patterns in corporate disinformation 

The corporate finance and accounting scandals of the late 
1990s and early 2000s — Enron, WorldCom, Tyco — still lay 
ahead when Carroll School of Management accounting professor 
Amy Hutton began exploring the roots of "earnings management," 
the term of art for casting losses and profits in a better light than 
facts might allow. Initially skeptical of Hutton's project, her aca- 
demic peers have come to recognize her work as seminal. 

In the mid-1990s, Hutton and fellow researchers Patricia 
Dechow and Richard Sloan, now professors at the University of 
California, Berkeley, Haas School of 
Business, studied 92 publicly held firms 
under investigation by the Securities 
and Exchange Commission (SEC) 
for allegedly manipulating earnings 
reports. They wanted to see whether 
the prevailing academic theory — that 
individual managers cooked the books 
to increase their own bonuses or meet 
banks' expectations — held up. 

The researchers scrutinized con- 
sumer complaints, securities market 
surveillance data, and whistleblower 
tips. They pored over annual reports 
and proxy statements to learn how the 
firms were managed and governed, 
tracked the companies' stock perfor- 
mance, and combed industry reports. 

What they determined — and docu- 
mented with mathematical models — 
was that managers who fiddled with 
financial reports most often did so to 

attract outside investors and inflate the value of company stock. 
The research also showed a strong correlation between certain 
corporate governance structures and misrepresentation of earn- 
ings to shareholders and investors. Firms run by chief executive 
officers who were simultaneously chairmen of the board and often 
company founders; those with rubber-stamp boards; and compa- 
nies that lacked independent auditing oversight were more inclined 
to recognize revenues prematurely, misrepresent expenses, and 
engage in other practices counter to generally accepted accounting 
principles, according to Hutton. 

The research was controversial at the time, recalls Hutton, 
then an assistant professor at Harvard Business School, who 
came to Boston College from the Tuck School of Business at 
Dartmouth College in 2006. "We bucked the academic paradigm 
that markets are efficient, that companies employ the optimal 
corporate governance structure, and that the market responds 

to and incorporates information efficiently." Indeed, research 
suggesting that individuals could game the capital markets and 
fool investors flew in the face of market efficiency theory, says 
Hutton. Several prestigious accounting journals rejected the study, 
titled "Causes and Consequences of Earnings Manipulation: An 
Analysis of Firms Subject to Enforcement Actions by the SEC," 
before Contemporary Accounting Research, then a small Canadian 
academic quarterly, published the paper in 1996. 

Hutton, Dechow, and Sloan, friends and collaborators since 

their University of Rochester gradu- 
ate school days, persisted. They trained 
attention on potential conflicts of inter- 
est among investment bankers who 
underwrite stock offerings and secu- 
rities analysts who make buy-and-sell 

The bursting of the dotcom bub- 
ble in 2000 raised public awareness — 
and suspicion — of Wall Street's ways, 
and, in June 2001, a House Financial 
Services Committee Congressional 
review board invited Hutton to con- 
duct a review of the Securities Industry 
Association's "best practices for equity 

Six months later, Enron filed for 
bankruptcy, setting in motion a cas- 
cade of revelations that it had system- 
atically manipulated reported earnings, 
bamboozled Wall Street investors and 
analysts (who were relentlessly bull- 
ish about Enron stocks), and bilked investors. Notably, Enron's 
Kenneth Lay and WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers were the founders 
and CEOs of their companies, and chairmen of compliant boards. 
Hutton, Dechow, and Sloan were recognized for their research 
last summer, when the American Accounting Association bestowed 
its inaugural Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature 
Award on their 1996 paper. The association noted the "enduring 
impact" of their study, and pointed out that federal regulations 
consistent with their research were enacted. 

The researchers have recently developed a more powerful 
model for detecting earnings management, and Hutton is now 
looking at compliance with the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a sweep- 
ing reform of corporate disclosure and accountability. 

"Managers still manipulate earnings, though the magnitudes 
that do it are smaller," says Hutton. "We're all a little wiser, a little 
more on top of things, and a little more sophisticated." 


BCM * FALL 20 1 

illustration: Chris Sharp 

W orks & 

Florian, at the Florian Martial Arts Center 

Martial plan 

By Tim Czerwienski 

Ultimate fighter Kenny Florian '99 

It's August 28, and Kenny Florian steps 
onto the floor of Boston's TD Garden, 
home to the Bruins and Celtics. The public 
address system blares Florian's choice of 
music — the Dropkick Murphys' frenetic 
rendition of the Boston College anthem 
"For Boston" — and the capacity crowd 

Florian, five feet 10 inches and 155 
pounds, is a competitor in the Ultimate 
Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed 
martial arts (MMA) league that in 2008 
Forbes magazine estimated was worth 
more than $1 billion. He's on the card to 
fight former Michigan State All-American 
wrestler Gray "The Bully" Maynard for a 
shot at the UFC lightweight title. The two 
will enter a 750-square-foot octagonal 
chain-link cage, barefoot and armed with 
four-ounce gloves. 

A communication major and varsity 
soccer midfielder in college, Florian took 
up Brazilian jiu jitsu, which stresses 
grappling as opposed to punching and 
kicking, while an undergraduate, eventu- 
ally earning his black belt from a gym in 
Newton. After graduation, he found work 
translating financial services documents 
into Spanish and Portuguese for a local 
company, continuing to fight in national 
and international Brazilian jiu jitsu and 

grappling competitions. In 2002, he 
shifted to mixed martial arts. "I did it more 
as a test of my Brazilian jiu jitsu than out 
of any desire to be a mixed martial artist," 
he says. "This was something different. . . . 
You were going to get punched, you 
were going to get kicked." 

After just four bouts (of which Florian 
won three), the president of UFC invited 
him to join the league's new reality TV 
competition, The Ultimate Fighter. Florian 
lost in the final round of the show's tour- 
nament but gained a UFC contract. 

Heading into his Boston fight against 
the undefeated Maynard, Florian had 
amassed an 11-2 UFC record. He came up 
short against Maynard, losing by unani- 
mous decision, but three weeks later, after 
a visit to Peru — where his parents were 
born — he was back in the gym, looking "to 
crush my training" for a bout early next 

In April 2008, Florian started a side 
career as an analyst for ESPN2's MMA 
Live. Soon, he and his brother opened a 
gym in Brookline, the Florian Martial Arts 
Center. "Some guys, all they have is fight- 
ing," Florian says. "I knew if it didn't work 
out I could do something else with my life. 
. . . It's always given me the confidence to 
go for it in mixed martial arts." 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 


discover more about the impact of legacy gifts 
in this issue's light the world campaign section 

Seniors from the Class of 2005 gather on Linden Lane for their Commencement 

First-year students begin the next chapter in thei 
lives when they march down Linden Lane at First Yea 
Academic Convocation. Four years later, they retrao 
their steps on graduation day. 

Nearly every stride in between is strengthened b 
legacy gifts, which support financial aid, academi 
initiatives, service trips, athletics, and much more. 

Make a legacy gift today. Help Boston College am ' 
students write the next chapter.